Netflix’s most-watched series is no longer just a fictional TV show after the streaming service greenlit “its biggest ever reality competition” called Squid Game reality show: The Challenge.
Unlike the series where the stakes are life and death, the worst possible fate in this 456-player competition will be to walk away without the $4.56 million winnings, which Netflix says is the largest global prize pool in Netflix history. the reality shows.
Squid Game became Netflix’s most-watched series when it premiered in September 2021, telling the story of cash-strapped contestants who play children’s games for a chance to win life-changing sums of money.
The first season holds the record as Netflix’s most popular series of all time, with more than 1.65 billion hours watched in its first 28 days, the company said.
The 10-episode reality competition will include games inspired by the original show as well as new additions, Netflix said.
One of the top YouTube creators in the US, MrBeast, did an unofficial iteration on this idea by recreating aspects of the South Korean drama’s setting and featuring games featured on the show, such as “Red Light, Green Light “. The YouTuber also opted out of the kill aspect, but strapped a device to all 456 players that mimicked a bullet shot when a player was discarded.
The Netflix reality show will be filmed in the UK and is currently only casting English speakers. The announcement comes just days after the scripted series was renewed for a second season.