Netflix Orders Squid Game Reality Show, Likely Won’t Kill Competitors


squid game is a Korean-language Netflix show about a group of rich a**holes who have fun rounding up poor people on an island and watching them play children’s games with life or death stakes, last person standing receiving a huge prize money. It’s a dark, dystopian story that also became the most-watched show in Netflix history, so naturally, spinoffs were coming.

Walk in Squid game: the challengea reality TV show where 456 participants will play these children’s games for real… even if none of them will probably die if they lose…most likely. The Last Person Standing will, however, receive a cash prize: $4.56 million, which Netflix says is the biggest lump sum prize in television history, per The Hollywood Reporter.

There’s something a little weird about Netflix’s take squid game, which is an indictment of staggering wealth inequality and turns into a non-ironic spectacle. But also: uh, some of these games look like fun. YouTuber Mr. Beast is already famous for putting together his own real-life squid games which earned praise from show creator Hwang Dong-hyuk. Netflix had no comment.

Squid game: the challenge is a “social experiment” filled with “tensions and twists”

netflix did comment on their show, though. “squid game took the world by storm [director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s] gripping story and iconic imagery,” said director Brandon Riegg. “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 are ready for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the greatest series of competitions ever, full of tension and twists and turns, with the biggest prize money at the end.

Social experience? Unpredictable? Tensions and twists? Netflix, I need you to say you’re not going to kill people, just for your safety.

Another interesting wrinkle is that all contestants will need to understand English, the reasoning being that instructions will be given over the loudspeaker and everyone playing the game must understand. They can speak other languages, but they must be able to understand English.

This news comes after we learned that Netflix has officially ordered a second season of the original. squid game To display. Maybe they can stream at the same time? That would be a weird double bill.

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