Netflix Planning Real-Life Squid Game With $4.56 Million Prize
Netflix will be dabbling in the reality TV world again, with a real-life Squid Game with a huge prize (but no deaths!).
South Korea’s dystopian Netflix series, Squid Game was a huge success for the streamer and will be getting a second season. However, in the meantime, the streamer is recruiting participants for a new reality TV show, inspired by the popular series. Fortunately, in this one, it won’t be a battle between life and death, as depicted in the original drama series. Read on to find out how you can win a massive $4.56 million prize for participating in the reality TV experience.
Netflix to release real-life Squid Game
While the reality show won’t involve participants competing for life or death, Netflix was inspired by the South Korean dystopian series, Squid Game. However, there will be 456 recruits from around the globe playing games, just like the original. Meanwhile, their “worst fate is going home empty-handed” without the $4.56m prize.
In the meantime, Netflix has also confirmed the renewal of the original South Korean series for a second season, coming in 2023.
Squid Game: The Challenge
Netflix announced on Wednesday that the new, 10-episode Squid Game: The Challenge, is coming. According to the streamer, the reality show will have the “largest cast and lump cash prize in reality TV history,” adding:
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.
As noted by CNN, anyone keen on participating in the new show must speak English and be at least 21 years of age. Moreover, they need to be available for up to four weeks for filming in early 2023.
Original South Korean show
As noted, the 456 participants is a nod to the original Squid Game, which features that number of players. Meanwhile, the game’s main protagonist was Seong Gi-hun, also known as Player 456.
The original storyline of the South Korean thriller involved a series of debt-ridden people. Each was invited to compete for a massive cash prize while playing a deadly version of children’s games. Meanwhile, Squid Games was the most popular series on the streamer of all time. Reportedly, the grueling show was streamed by 111 million viewers within the first 28 days of its launch.
Hwang Dong-hyuk, director, writer and executive producer of Squid Game, made a statement on Monday. He said it took 12 years to bring the first season of Squid Game to life last year. He added that it took only 12 days for the series to become the “most popular Netflix series ever.”
Meanwhile, the streamer is now facing serious competition from its rivals. However, Netflix was also hit by raising its prices and pulling out of Russia. Moreover, in April, the streamer revealed a large drop in subscribers.
Maybe the new reality TV show will bring back some of the streamer’s lost customer base.