Netflix Brings ‘Squid Game’ To Life With the Biggest Reality Show Yet (minus the deaths)

by Matthew Escosia
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Are you up for the challenge? The dystopian Korean drama “Squid Game” that took the world by storm is confirmed to have a real-life game show, “Squid Game: The Challenge”, with a whopping $4.56 million cash prize— the biggest reward yet in the history of reality television.

Featuring the same number of players and inspired by the original challenges in the series, part of Netflix’s announcement last June 15 is its open casting call for 456 participants all over the world who will also be competing against each other through a series of games.

Although the plot is similar, “Squid Game: The Challenge” raises its stakes without making it a life-or-death situation. Instead, those with the worst fate will be eliminated empty-handed.

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Red Light Green Light Challenge in Squid Game. Posted by Netflix.

Squid Game fans can also anticipate new additions, thrilling tensions, and exciting plot twists to the challenges as the players will be tested on their tactics, character, and loyalty throughout the 10-episode reality game show.

If you have what it takes, you can check out the audition and recruitment process at The game masters are looking for participants who are at least 21 years old, can speak English, and would be available for a month in early 2023 for the shooting.

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Tug of War Challenge in Squid Game. Posted by Netflix.

Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series, said in a press release statement: “Squid Game took the world by storm with Director Hwang’s captivating story and iconic imagery. We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment.”

“Squid Game: The Challenge” will be filmed in the UK and will be a co-production between Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E).

The original series Squid Game became a global phenomenon with over 1.65 billion streams in just 28 days after its premiere, holding the record of Netflix’s most popular show yet. Prior to the reality show announcement, Netflix also broadcasted Squid Game’s renewal for season two.

What games do you want to see in Squid Game: The Challenge? Share your thoughts and theories with us in the comments section below!

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