After making an exciting announcement about the second season of Squid Game, Netflix has officially decided to put together a real-life reality show based on Hwang Dong-hyuk’s popular South Korean 2021 series, which became an international phenomenon. However, the reality show will be tame and relatively deathless, unlike the show.
Earlier this week, Netflix released the announcement trailer for Squid Game: The Challenge. The upcoming reality show is conducting auditions for those who are looking to participate at Squid Game Casting.
While Netflix has been having a hard time with falling stock prices and subscriber loss, they are still announcing massive prize money amounts for the winner.
According to their statement, Squid Game: The Challenge will have “the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history.”
According to Netflix, “Exactly 456 players will compete to win the life-changing reward of $4.56 million.” However, unlike the gruesome and violent premise of the series, the reality show will not feature intentional deaths.
The statement added, “Players will be put to the test in a series of games inspired by the show, along with some surprising new additions that will push them to their limits. Strategy, alliances and character are crucial in order to survive the tension. The stakes are high, but thankfully, in this game, the worst fate anyone will face is going home empty-handed.”
The Vice President of unscripted and documentary series on Netflix, Brandon Riegg, expressed his gratitude for Hwang’s “support as we [Netflix] turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment.”
Hwang Dong-hyuk’s Squid Game starred Lee Jung-Jae, park Hae-Soo, O Yeong-Su, Jung HoYeon, Wi Ha-Joon and Anupam Tripathi, among others, in an ensemble cast. Set in a dystopian modern-day Korea where a group of 456 participants partake in deadly and twisted children’s games to win staggering prize money of 45.6 billion Korean Won.