LOS ANGELES — A reality show inspired by Netflix’s hit series “Squid Game” is coming to the streaming service, but with far less dire consequences promised for contestants.
In the South Korean-produced drama, players’ lives were at stake. With “Squid Game: The Challenge,” the “worst fate is going home empty-handed,” Netflix said Tuesday in announcing the reality show.
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The 10-episode competition will include 456 players vying for a “life-changing reward of $4.56 million,” Netflix said in a release. They’ll compete in games inspired by the drama series along with new challenges aimed at whittling down the field.
“For this round, the Front Man is in search of English-language speakers from any part of the world,” the release said, a reference to the overseer of the drama’s deadly game. This game show will be recorded in Britain and is currently recruiting online contestants.
The new series has yet to be released.
In the original series, hundreds of financial-problem players competed against one another in violent competition for a multimillion-dollar prize. Throughout the contest, there were many losers.
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Netflix has declared the drama to be its most popular with 1.65 Billion hours of viewings within 28 days following its September 2021 launch. It’s been renewed for season two with series creator and director Hwang Dong-hyuk aboard, Netflix said.
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