Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the Korean survival thriller series Squid Game went on to become the most popular series released by the streamer ever since its premiere in September of this year.
Gory and terrifying, this K-Original sees a group of 456 strangers betting their lives against whooping prize money of 45.6 billion Korean Won, which amounts to nearly $40 million.
Starring Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, Jung Ho Yeon and Wi Ha Jun, the contestants are forced into confined spaces governed by a triad of shapes under the panoptic gaze of the sinister forces whose identities are concealed by masks. The series, set in a dystopian setting in modern-day Korea, is a brilliant commentary on class conflict, power struggle, capitalism and economic crises.
After its gargantuan success, fans were quite excited to know if the series would be making a return for a second season on the streamer, given its ambiguous ending.
Recently, the creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has hinted at the possibility of a second season when he revealed his ongoing “talks” with Netflix about the show’s sequel.
Previously, the creator had quashed such rumours, stating how he was not sure about making an immediate return given how taxing the creative process had been. The series also struggled to get picked for quite some time before Netflix picked it up and tasted immense success.
He had previously shared his “draining” experience while shooting the series. Given the heavy premise, it was only natural for the cast and crew to feel the brunt of it. “It was physically, mentally and emotionally draining.,” revealed Hwang.
“I kept having new ideas and revising the episodes as we were filming so the amount of work multiplied.” He revealed to The Guardian, “Of course there is talk. That’s inevitable because it’s been such a success. I am considering it.”
He revealed how he has a “very high-level picture in [my] mind”. However, instead of getting to it immediately, he revealed how he was talking to Netflix about the same.
“There’s a film I really want to make. I’m thinking about which to do first,” said he.