It is known that Netflix is bringing Squid Game: The Challenge, a reality competition series based on the hit 2021 South Korean survival thriller. As Netflix notes, Squid Game: The Challenge will be “the biggest reality competition series ever,” hosting the largest cast and offering the largest lump sum cash prize in reality television history as 456 players compete for $4.56 million (Rs. 35.56 crores). But, people have raised concerns over the problematic show.
Squid Game creator Hwang Dong Hyuk addresses concerns over Netflix’s reality series with Rs. 35.56 crore prize money: ‘Hope they will be carrying on my vision and intention’
At the Emmys 2022, Hwang Dong Hyuk won Best Director for a Drama Series for the pilot of Squid Game, “Red Light, Green Light.” Lead star Lee Jung Jae became the first Asian actor ever to win Best Actor in a Drama Series at the awards ceremony. Backstage in the press room, when asked about the upcoming reality show Squid Game: The Challenge and the concerns over it, he said, “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.”
“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,” he added, as per Variety. “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.”
The upcoming 10e-episode reality series is reportedly a co-production between Studio Lambert and The Garden, and will be filmed in the U.K. Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt and Toni Ireland executive produce for Studio Lambert while John Hay, Nicola Hill and Nicola Brown executive produce for The Garden.
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