Jun 15, 2022

Netflix plans real-life Squid Game reality TV show with $4.56m prize

Netflix is recruiting participants for a reality TV show inspired by its most popular series of all time, Squid Game.However, the stake will not be life or death as depicted in the South Korean dystopian drama. On Wednesday, the platform announced that its new 10-episode series - Squid Game: The Challenge - would offer the "Largest cast and lump cash prize in reality TV history". "As [players] compete through a series of games inspired by the original show - plus surprising new additions - their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them," it added. The 456 participants are a nod to the fictional series, which features the same number of players, with its main protagonist Seong Gi-hun also referred to as Player 456.The South Korean thriller series tells the story of debt-ridden people competing for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children's games. Director, writer and executive producer of Squid Game Hwang Dong-hyuk said in a statement on Monday: "It took 12 years to bring the first season of Squid Game to life last year. But it took 12 days for Squid Game to become the most popular Netflix series ever."

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