Today (Sept. 22), Netflix unveiled a teaser for an upcoming show that brings “Squid Game” to reality. Titled “Squid Game: The Challenge,” the series will see 456 contestants from around the globe taking part in a variety of challenges that are based on the wildly successful South Korean show. Keeping with the overall theme, a sole victor will take home a $4.56 million cash prize.
“Though the reality version of ‘Squid Game‘ isn’t a matter of life or death, there’s still a lot on the line,” the official synopsis read. “Four hundred and fifty-six players will compete to win $4.56 million, the largest cash prize in reality television 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.”
During its production, “Squid Game: The Challenge” was mired in some controversy after certain players needed medical attention. According to Variety, participants began collapsing on set from a combination of brutally cold weather and fatigue. “Contestants — who weren’t paid to participate in the series — say they were told the actual game would take roughly two hours to play and shoot, but instead that turned into an almost seven-hour ordeal for some contenders. All of this was carried out in an unforgiving U.K. cold snap that saw temperatures drop to zero degrees Celsius in Bedford on the day of filming,” the outlet reported back in February.
The original “Squid Game” landed on Netflix back in 2021 and quickly became viral via endless memes and jokes on social media. The survival drama became the most-watched on the streaming platform in a whopping 94 countries, which included 142 million member households and 1.65 billion viewing hours within the first four weeks of its premiere.
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