Netflix is set to stream a reality show based on its hit South Korean survival drama series Squid Game from November this year, the streamer announced on May 18.
The reality show named Squid Game: The Challenge will not be a matter of life or death like the Hwang Dong-hyuk-created series. In total, 456 players will compete with each other to win USD 4.56 million, the largest cash prize in reality television history.
Through a series of games, each player will be pushed to their limits and forced to ask themselves just how far they’ll go to win, with opportunistic alliances, cutthroat strategies and timely betrayals to follow. The 10-episode competition series was filmed in the United Kingdom.
The smash-hit South Korean survival drama television series Squid Game was released worldwide on September 17, 2021. It stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, HoYeon Jung, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi and Kim Joo-ryoung.
Squid Game has also received numerous accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for O Yeong-su. It also became the first series to receive 14 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series, making it the first non-English language work to be nominated in this category. It went on to win six awards, including the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Lee Jung-jae.
Squid Game revolves around individuals who face various failures in life and are suddenly invited to participate in a secret survival game with a staggering prize of over USD 38 million. Once trapped on a remote island, the players must navigate through difficult challenges and outlast their opponents to have a shot at the life-changing jackpot.