Because either nobody gets the point about anything or they simply don’t care when money is to be made (or both), Netflix has announced they are turning the Squid Game competition at the center of the breakout drama into a reality show despite it being roughly about the dystopian nature of modern capitalistic society.
Entitled “Squid Game: The Challenge,” Netflix will transform their biggest show into their biggest reality series with the biggest prize ever. The show will have 456 competitors facing off over the course of 10 episodes in order to win a grand prize of $4.56 million dollars – similar to the original “Squid Game” prize of 45.6 billion won. Contestants will participate in the childhood games shown in “Squid Game,” as well as new games added by Netflix. Anyone from around the world who is English-speaking is welcome to apply to the competition. Unlike the fatal consequences in the original series, everyone who fails to win will merely go home empty-handed. Brandon Riegg, the senior vice president at Netflix, commented, “The fascinating story and symbolic imagery of director Hwang Dong Hyuk’s ‘Squid Game’ wowed the entire world. We will be transforming this fictional world into reality.” He continued, “The biggest competition ever will be filled with nerves and twists and 456 real competitors will set off on his journey. We hope fans of the drama will join this fascinating and unpredictable journey.”
This is like when people see Blade Runner or Terminator or whatever other sci-fi media meant to be warning signs and say to themselves “hey cool let’s try to make this horror a reality”.
But really, to some extent, we’re living in that world now or edging closer to it, so why wouldn’t we do this, right?
They also announced the second season was coming recently.
My hot take on this is that I’ve seen most people say that they should just leave it alone and that the story didn’t need a sequel. But I disagree, the story was always setting up for something bigger in mind, with the police officer and front man’s involvement in particular not making a ton of sense unless there was something bigger to it (not to mention the cliffhanger ending).
What the opposition sentiment truly seems to be about is concern that sequels rarely live up to the hype, and that’s something I think many are understandably worried over.
We shall see.