Netflix plans to organize real-life Squid Game reality TV show with $4.56m prize
Netflix has announced it will be recruiting participants for a reality TV show inspired by its most popular series of all time, Squid Game.
The 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 its first 28 days of its launch.
Netflix confirmed the game will not be life or death that is at stake, as depicted in the drama series instead, 456 recruits from around the world will play games where “the worst fate is going home empty-handed” – missing out on a $4.56m (£3.8m) prize.
Netflix also confirmed that the popular series would be renewed for a second season earlier this week.
On Wednesday, June 15, the platform announced that its new 10-episode series – Squid Game: The Challenge – would offer the “largest cast and lump cash prize in reality TV history”.
“As [players] compete through a series of games inspired by the original show – plus surprising new additions – their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them,” it added.
Participants need to be at least 21 years old. They must speak English, and be available for up to 4 weeks in early 2023 for filming.