What We Know About Netflix’s ‘Squid Games: The Challenge’ Reality Series
One of the biggest TV series of 2021 was squid game, a Korean thriller about gamblers who participate in murderous children’s games to win millions of dollars for the amusement of wealthy benefactors. Now Netflix is taking that capitalist metaphor and stripping it of all irony with a new reality competition series, Squid game: the challenge. And the spin-off is expected to be one of the greatest reality shows of all time.
Squid game: the challenge will include both the the largest cast and lump sum prize money in reality TV history, with 456 real players competing for a $4.56 million prize. Players will participate in a series of games inspired by the series, as well as new challenges. And just like the original series, they will have to rely on alliances and strategy to survive. Netflix has launched a global casting call for players, who must be able to speak English.
“squid game took the world by storm with director Hwang’s gripping story and iconic imagery. We are grateful for their support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment,” said Brandon Riegg, Netflix vice president for unscripted series and documentaries. “Fans of the drama series are about to embark on a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the greatest competition series of all time, full of tension and twists and turns, with the biggest prize. in silver at the end.”
squid game Currently holds the record for Netflix’s most popular series of all time, with over 1.65 billion hours watched in the first 28 days after its premiere in September 2021. A second season is already in the works, Netflix releasing the first teaser this week.
Of course, Netflix isn’t the first to attempt an actual version of squid game. YouTuber MrBeast launched his own version, where 456 people competed to win $456,000. The technically impressive recreation garnered 42 million views in one day. Although it had a massive following, many criticized the YouTube video for ripping off and taking advantage of the original series.
But that’s exactly what Netflix is doing by turning their original property into another lucrative device. Obviously players won’t be murdered in The challenge, but it is still a rather dark capitalist movement. After all, the original series is all about economic exploitation, and yet here comes Netflix, economic exploitation of its competitors. It dilutes the themes and messages of the series, but of course that’s the point. At this point, with the world feeling like it’s spiraling into dystopia, I’m afraid we’re just a few moral and economic disasters in a veritable series of death games. And I’m pretty sure it will be streaming on Netflix as well.
(featured image: Netflix)
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