In what is certainly a mass initiative from Netflix to induce Squid Game fatigue before we even see Season Two, the streamer announced that the series will inspire a new reality series.
You read that right, folks. In a recent panel moderated by The Hollywood Reporter, Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s VP of unscripted and documentary series, announced that Squid Game: The Challenge is a real thing that is coming to the streaming service. Apparently, Netflix will assemble 456 contestants from around the world to compete in a series of games for a $4.56 million prize, which the streamer claims is the largest prize ever offered in a reality series. The first season of Squid Game: The Challenge will run for 10 episodes, meaning we’ll certainly get some behind-the-scenes social dramatics, a la Squid Game itself.
“Squid Game took the world by storm with [director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s] captivating story and iconic imagery,” Riegg said. “We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment. Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of tension and twists, with the biggest-ever cash prize at the end.”
You’d think that the format of the show would be pretty straightforward—Netflix didn’t offer any additional details—but we have some questions. Will the series feature only the events featured in Squid Game? Or, since Netflix will cast people from all around the world, will we see childhood games from other cultures make the cut? How the hell will we even get to know a small fraction of the 456 competitors? Will it feel weird watching real-life people battle in a competition reminiscent of a fictional one that had borderline unwatchable violence?! We can answer that one. It probably will.
What’s that? You actually want to get yourself involved in this mess? Lucky you, the casting website is up and running. Good luck.
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