Netflix Announces ‘Squid Game’ Reality Show Based On Hit Series

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Netflix has announced a new reality TV series based on the hit South Korean series “Squid Game”. The announcement comes just two days after the show officially renewed on the streaming service.

The ten-episode series titled “Squid Game: The Challenge” will pit 456 real gamers against each other in “a series of games inspired by the original show” to win a $4.56 million prize, according to a statement. Netflix press release.

Unlike the fatal fate of those in the original “Squid Game” series, contestants in the new reality series can expect to return home empty-handed as the worst-case scenario.

“Fans of the drama series will experience a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the greatest competition series of all time, full of tension and twists and turns, with the biggest prize money to be won. the end,” said Brandon Riegg, vice president of Netflix. of unscripted series and documentaries in the statement.

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The reality TV series is actively recruiting English-speaking contestants for the show’s UK shoot. The series is currently billed as holding “the largest cast and lump sum prize money in reality TV history”.

This image released by Netflix shows a scene from the popular Korean series “Squid Game”. Netflix has announced “Squid Game: The Challenge”, a reality TV show based on the series.
(Netflix via AP)

The original scripted series “Squid Game” was released in September 2021 and garnered over 1.65 billion views in its first 28 days on the platform. The drama followed a group of contestants trying to win childhood games in an effort to earn substantial sums of money without being killed throughout the competition.

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From left, actors Lee Jung-jae, Jung Hoyeon, and Park Hae Soo arrive at a red carpet event for "squid game" on Monday, November 8, 2021, at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles.

From left, cast members Lee Jung-jae, Jung Hoyeon and Park Hae Soo arrive at a red carpet event for ‘Squid Game’ on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles.
(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The South Korean series was renewed for a second season on June 12 but did not specify a premiere date in its initial release.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.