Red light—green lit! Netflix's most-watched series, the Korean dystopian drama Squid Games is no longer to be just a work of fiction. The streaming service has announced its biggest reality competition ever titled Squid Game: The Challenge.
This 10-episode reality competition will include creepy games inspired by the original show, as well as new editions. Netflix claims that this series winner will receive the largest lump sum prize money in reality television history. And before you start freaking out, unlike the TV show where the stakes are life or death, the most gruesome fate in this 456-player competition will be leaving without the $4.56 million cash prize. Netflix recently shared a social media post inviting recruits to participate.
The original Squid Games South Korean thriller series tells the story of debt-ridden people competing for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children's games. It holds the record as Netflix's most popular series of all time, and it was streamed by 111 million users in the first 28 days of its launch. Director, writer and executive producer of Squid Game Hwang Dong-hyuk shared a statement on Monday stating:
"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."
Will this new reality show live up to the hype and expectations created by the original television series without life-or-death stakes involved? Only time will tell.