Squid Game Creator Tells Fans Not to Worry About Reality Series Spin-Off

Squid Game took the world by storm when it was released in 2021, quickly becoming the most viewed original show of all time on Netflix. The series had a lot to say in its themes about modern society and the lengths people will go to in order to become wealthy in a capitalist world. In June, Netflix announced its plan to capitalize on the success of the ongoing show as they produce a new reality series competition based on the games presented in the South Korean show. Some fans were happy to see more from the unique universe created by Hwang Dong-hyuk. However, others believed Netflix was doing precisely what the initial series heavily critiqued.


During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dong-hyuk discussed the upcoming competition show, titled Squid Game: The Challenge, and shared his hopes for the series. He says, “Yes, I am aware of the reality show being created. I actually met with the creator yesterday, and they had many questions for me. What I hope is that they will be carrying on my vision and intention as much as possible for the show.” Hwang continued, saying he understands his series carries a heavy message. “I think that even though our show does carry quite a heavy message, and I know there are some concerns of taking that message and creating it into a reality show with a cash prize, however I feel like whenever you take things too seriously, that’s really not the best way to go for the entertainment industry.”

Hwang Dong-hyuk concluded his statement by stating the industry would go in a new direction. He says, “Doesn’t really set a great precedent. So I would say that reproductions of such efforts are going to bring new meaning to the industry, and I hope that this is going to be a great new direction for the industry overall.” Fans can judge the series when Squid Game: The Challenge arrives on Netflix. However, the reality series is likely a way off, as open casting calls are still taking place.

Squid Game: The Challenge Will Mirror the Netflix Series

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Just like Squid Game, the upcoming reality-based competition series will feature 456 participants in various challenges for a chance to win $4.56 million dollars. In addition, the series is said to include several games featured in the show, ranging from red light-green light to tug-of-war or marbles.

The series will be filmed in the UK, although players from around the world are invited to participate. Squid Game: The Challenge will include 10 episodes in its debut season, totaling one more episode than Squid Game when it was released. The series could be released before the eventual second season of the initial series, as writing is still taking place for the drama show. If you want to join Squid Game: The Challenge, you can click here for the casting call information.