Now, those who watched Squid Game upon its autumn release last year will know already that the fate of the game’s players is pretty ill, to say the least. But that whopping cash prize? It’s pretty tempting, I’m not gonna lie… Even with the almost-certain risk of death.
And now, Netflix has announced an IRL adaption of the Korean hit – which, thankfully, doesn’t involve A) being shot in a game of Red Light, Green Light B) Being shot for being crap at Dalgona shapes or C) Plummeting to the ground in a savage game of Tug of War.
Joining the platform’s ever-growing roster of reality TV series – which already includes hit shows such as The Circle and Nailed It! – Squid Game: The Challenge will see 456 real players enter the game, where they’ll be faced with a series of tough challenges inspired by the drama series. The winner will take home a life-changing $4.56 million.
Netflix promises that the stakes will be high, but fortunately, the player’s worst fate will be heading home empty-handed. Here’s hoping there’ll still be a few creepy (but unarmed) pink-suited guards for entertainment purposes.
Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series said: “Squid Game took the world by storm with Director Hwang’s captivating story and iconic imagery. We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment,”
“Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of tension and twists, with the biggest ever cash prize at the end.”
Casting agents are currently on the hunt for English-speaking contestants from around the world to join the show, which will be filmed soon in the UK. Up for the challenge? Sign up here.