“Squid Game: The Challenge – Netflix Announces a Reality competition show Based on Korean Drama”
Following the global success of Squid Game, Netflix has officially ordered a new reality competition show based on the popular South Korean survival drama, named Squid Game: The Challenge. The competition, like the series, will involve 456 genuine players, with a global casting hunt already ongoing.
“With Director Hwang’s fascinating story and distinctive imagery, Squid Game caught the world by storm,” said Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series Brandon Rie in a statement. “We appreciate his help as we transform the fictitious world into reality in this major competition and social experiment.” Fans of the drama series are in for an exciting and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the world’s largest competition series plenty of twists and turns, with the greatest cash award ever at the conclusion.”
Squid Game: Synopsis
Players in Squid Game: The Challenge will compete for the chance to earn $4.56 million, the greatest lump sum cash reward in reality TV history. The show is expected to be shot in the United Kingdom. It is produced by ITV Studios’ Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E).
The logline states, “As they play in a variety of games inspired by the original programme – with startling new additions – their plans, relationships, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them.” “The stakes are great, but the worst fate in this game is returning home empty-handed.”
Squid Game: The Challenge will be executive produced by Studio Lambert’s Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, and Toni Ireland, as well as The Garden’s John Hay, Nicola Hill, and Nicola Brown.
The original series received three Golden Globe nominations for its critical and commercial success, with South Korean veteran actor O Yeong-su winning Best Supporting Actor in a Series for his role of Oh Il-nam/Player 001. It also made history as the first non-English drama to garner four major SAG nominations, with Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon winning Outstanding Male Actor and Outstanding Female Actor, respectively.