Netflix Launching ‘Squid Game’ Reality Show Based On Series, Giving $4.56 Million Prize

Squid Game guards appear onstage during Netflix's FYSEE event for "Squid Game" at Raleigh Studios Hollywood on June 12
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Red light, green light, but in real life?

According to news sources, Netflix is producing a reality show based on Squid Game, created and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. 

However, the show will put 456 contestants against each other. Squid Game: The Challenge will have a series of games inspired by the show. Netflix reports that “their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them.” Luckily, there won’t be bloodshed. 

The cash prize is $4.56 million, and the outlet says it’s the largest in reality television history. It’ll be released as ten episodes. Hwang supports the reality show, according to Hollywood Reporter. Brandon Riegg, Netflix vp, said, 

“We’re grateful for his [Hwang’s] 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.”

In a statement, the company said, “The stakes are high, but in this game, the worst fate is going home empty-handed.” HR also points out that Squid Game is Netflix’s most popular series of all time, “racking up more than 1.65 billion view hours in its first 28 days.”

Social media chimed in about the reality show. One person said, “Squid Games is now a reality show where normal folks can enter. Y’all be safe out there.” Another person Tweeted, “So who all doing the squid game reality game show for that 4.56 million.” Someone else wrote, “The fact some execs saw Squid Game and thought “wow that’d make a great reality tv show” really is just a complete critique of the current state of society itself.”

Squid Game, the series, was recently renewed for season 2. If you haven’t watched the first season, it’s based on life or death games people play for a grand prize. It’s intense and makes you wonder what people would do for some paper.