Everything We Know About Netflix’s New ‘Squid Game’ Reality Series

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Netflix takes advantage of the squid game hype after announcing a highly anticipated reality competition series based on the hugely popular South Korean dystopian drama. Here’s everything we know about the concept so far.

Obviously, it won’t be life or death at stake (or so we hope) but rather a whopping $4.65 million cash prize. Netflix says it will actually be the highest cash prize in television history. The show will feature 456 contestants, consistent with the source material. Participants must be at least 21 years old. They must speak English and be available for up to 4 weeks in early 2023 for filming.

A Netflix statement said that as “contestants battle it out through a series of games inspired by the original show – plus some surprising new additions – their strategies, alliances and character will be put to the test as contestants will be eliminated around them”.

Speaking about the upcoming series, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series Brandon Riegg said, “squid game took the world by storm [director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s] a captivating story and iconic imagery.

“We are grateful for their support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experience. Fans of the drama series will experience a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world competitors navigate the most great competition series of all time, full of tension and twists and turns, with the biggest prize money at the end,” he continued.

The reality series will consist of 10 episodes, which is one more than the original drama series. The competition series is a co-production between Studio Lambert and The Garden, part of ITV Studios, and it will be shot in the UK.

The Original Scripted Drama squid game holds the record for Netflix’s most popular series of all time, with over 1.65 billion hours watched in the first 28 days after its premiere in September 2021. On June 12, 2022, squid game was officially renewed for season 2 as Netflix and director Hwang Dong-Hyuk have confirmed they will be teaming up again for an all-new spin.

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