Who is ready to compete in a real squid game? We’re pretty sure the contestants won’t actually die.
(We’re pretty sure.)
As Netflix prepares for the second season of its greatest show of all time, they are also creating a real-life version of the competition that gave squid game his title.
The new spin-off series is titled Squid game: the challengeand depending on the site they stream the show on — Yes, you can apply to be part of this real, probably not deadly Squid game – it is said that “456 real players will enter the game in search of a life-changing cash prize of $4.56 million”.
According to Netflix, it’s “both the biggest cast and cash prize in reality TV history.” They promise that players “will compete through a series of games inspired by the original show – plus some surprising new additions – [and] their strategies, alliances and character will be put to the test as the competitors around them are eliminated. The stakes are high, but in this game, the worst fate is going home empty-handed.
Presumably, the series will emulate the simple yet dramatic competitive style of fiction squid gameminus the whole if-you-lose-you-die aspect.
The website, SquidGameCasting.com, says “for this round, the Front Man is looking for English speakers from any part of the world.” Applicants must be at least 21 years old and available for up to four weeks of filming in early 2023. That’s a small price to pay for $4.56 million, I guess.
Earlier this week, Netflix officially announced the return of the (fictional) original. squid game for a second streaming season. Series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk also penned a fan letter that said, in part, “As the writer, director, and producer of Squid Game, a big shout out to fans around the world. Thank you for watching and loving our show…Join us once again for a brand new spin I wonder what he thinks of this very surreal spin-off.