Netflix plans real-life Squid Game reality TV show with $4.56m prize

Netflix plans real-life Squid Game reality TV show with $4.56m prize

Netflix is recruiting 456 participants for a reality TV show inspired by its most popular series of all time, Squid Game. On the show, the participants will play games where “the worst fate is going home empty-handed.”

On Wednesday, the platform announced that its new 10-episode series – Squid Game: The Challenge – would offer the “largest cast and lump cash prize in reality TV history”, a $4.56m (£3.8m) prize.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, speak English, and be available for up to 4 weeks in early 2023 for filming.

It added: “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.”

Streamed by 111 million users in the first 28 days of its launch, Squid Game holds the record as Netflix’s most popular series of all time. It was recently renewed for a second season, and tells the story of debt-ridden people competing for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children’s games.

Director, writer, and executive producer of Squid Game Hwang Dong-hyuk said in a statement on Monday: “It took 12 years to bring the first season of Squid Game to life last year. But it took 12 days for Squid Game to become the most popular Netflix series ever.”

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