Netflix has announced a reality show based on ‘Squid Game’, the South Korean survival drama, and seeks recruits for the show.
Squid Game, which became one of the biggest-ever hits on Netflix in 2021, was seen as a biting satire on modern capitalism.
It tells the story of a contest where 456 players, deeply in debt, are drawn from different walks of life to play children’s games for the chance to win ₩45.6 billion, with the threat of being killed if they lose.
Describing the new reality show as its “biggest-ever social experiment”, Netflix says players will compete “in a series of heart-stopping games”, noting, however, that unlike the original ultra-violent fictional drama, contestants who lose would not be killed.
It called on viewers to enter to be a part of the contest to compete for the ultimate cash prize of $4.56 million (N1.8bn).
“With the largest cast in reality TV history, 456 real players will enter the game in pursuit of a life-changing cash prize of $4.56 million,” the streaming platform said on a site set up to receive applications.
“‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ is looking for English speakers from around the globe, aged at least 21 and free to travel for up to a month in early 2023.
“The stakes are high, but in this game, the worst fate is going home empty-handed.”
Recruitment for Squid Game: The Challenge is open now at https://www.squidgamecasting.com/