Netflix brings Squid Game to real life

Netflix is creating a real life version of its gory drama Squid Game – with the biggest cash prize in TV history up for grabs.

Last year, the South Korean show gained international attention with its depiction of a deadly competition in which contestants were slain while attempting to win a million awards. Now, the streaming company that aired the show has launched a spin-off series based on the sick games called Squid Games: The Challenge, where no one really dies.

456 genuine participants will compete for a life-changing prize of $4.56 million in the game with the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history. Their strategies, relationships, and character will be put to the test as they participate in a series of games inspired by the original program – plus some shocking new elements – while competitors are removed around them. The stakes are great, but the worst outcome is leaving home empty-handed in this game.

They will take part in trials similar to those featured in the show created by director Hwang Dong-hyuk, who’s backed the new interpretation.

Netflix boss Brandon Riegg said: “Squid Game took the world by storm with his captivating story and iconic imagery. We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment. Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever. It will be full of tension and twists, with the biggest-ever cash prize at the end.”

Squid Game is also returning for a second series

The announcement was disclosed yesterday at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada, just days after it was confirmed that the original drama series would be followed by a sequel.

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