Real-life “Squid Game” competition show to hit screens this November

Posted on : 2023-09-25 17:20 KST Modified on : 2023-09-25 17:25 KST
456 competitors will vie for US$4.56 million in the 10-part show
(still from “Squid Game: The Challenge” on Netflix)
(still from “Squid Game: The Challenge” on Netflix)

A reality competition show based on the Netflix series “Squid Game” will begin streaming in November.

On Friday, Netflix announced on its blog that a reality competition titled “Squid Game: The Challenge” will premiere on Nov. 22.

Netflix stated that this new series was “transforming the South Korean series into the biggest reality competition ever,” adding that “though the reality version of ‘Squid Game’ isn’t a matter of life or death, there’s still a lot on the line: 456 players will compete to win US$4.56 million.”

The prize is, according to Netflix, the largest cash prize in reality show history.

“Through a series of games, each player will be pushed to their limits and forced to ask themselves just how far they’ll go to win, with opportunistic alliances, cutthroat strategies and timely betrayals to follow,” the blog read.

A trailer released that day showed glimpses of a giant piggy bank full of cash, a set that mimics that of the TV series, and hosts dressed in attire seen in the show.

Young-hee, the large animatronic doll that makes an appearance in the show during the “red light, green light” game, also made an appearance in the trailer as the contestants raced across a sandlot toward her.

“$4.56 million? People do a whole lot worse for a whole lot less,” said one competitor.

The 10-episode reality show was created by Studio Lambert, the masterminds behind the popular US game show “The Traitors,” and the show was filmed in the UK.

By Park Byong-su, senior staff writer

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