Yesterday, Netflix green-lit “Squid Game: The Challenge”, a reality competition series based on the popular South Korean drama in which thankfully no people kill each other in “Hunger Games” style, and will award a cash prize of $4.56. million offer. (That’s a lifetime of dalgona candies!) Not only will this be the largest cash prize a competition show has ever seen, it will also feature the largest reality TV cast ever with 456 contestants.
Recruitment is now open on SquidGameCasting.com and Netflix is looking for 456 English-speaking players. Netflix Says “Squid Game: The Challenge” Will Have Ten Episodes And Will Be Filmed In The UK
“Squid Game has taken the world by storm with director Hwang’s captivating story and iconic imagery. We are grateful for his support as we make the fictional world a reality in this massive competition and social experiment,” Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series, said in a statement. “Fans of the drama series will embark on a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-life contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of suspense and twists, ending with the biggest cash prize ever.”
The news follows Netflix’s confirmation that “Squid Game” season 2 has also been green-lighted. The first season had more than 1.65 billion hours of viewing in its first 28 days after its September 2021 premiere, the company reported.
The promo for “Squid Game: The Challenge” shows the recognizable robot doll with lasers for the eyes, but doesn’t reveal exactly what challenges participants will have to do. (We hope no glass bridges are involved!) No release date for “Squid Game” Season 2 or “Squid Game: The Challenge” has been announced yet.
Production will no doubt be difficult, as you can’t exactly have every player tracked by cameras. Probably many will be knocked out in the early rounds like in the TV series. The streamer says “Squid Game: The Challenge” will be co-produced by Studio Lambert and The Garden. Executive producers include Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, Toni Ireland, John Hay, Nicola Hill and Nicola Brown.
Studio Lambert also produces its own competition series, “Million Dollar Island”, where 100 contestants will compete in a show similar to “Survivor” with a prize of $1 million. That said, “Squid Game: The Challenge” will quadruple the number of players, so it will be interesting to see how it can be implemented.
A big question that people have is whether the new competition series “Squid Game” will be streamed live. Netflix confirmed to Vidak For Congress last month that it is in the early days of its live streaming plans and will focus on unscripted content — it looks like this could include a competition show featuring sinister kids’ games.