When the Squid Game was released in September 2021, the series skyrocketed in popularity and quickly became one of the most watched shows of the moment. With fully developed characters, cartoonish visuals, bloody action, dystopian setting, and sharp social criticism, Squid Game has already left an indelible mark on our globalized pop culture.
So much so that not only has the series been renewed for a second season, but Netflix is working to bring the Squid Game into the real world to continue capitalizing on its popularity.
Netflix Introduces Squid: The Challenge
Netflix after the skyrocketing popularity of Squid Game, Netflix announced that he is working on adapting a South Korean television series and bringing it into our real world.
This brand new squid game will be presented in the reality show format Squid Game: The Challenge. And yet it will be the largest, with 456 participants and a cash prize of a whopping $4.56 million.
Competitors will have to play several games inspired by the original series, as well as several new additions, as they compete for the grand prize. But how will this adaptation fit in with the original series?
Well, with a $4.56 million prize, the stakes are definitely high, but in Squid Game: The Challenge, at worst, you’ll go home empty-handed. While Netflix’s statement does say that “strategies, alliances and player character will be put to the test”, so we can expect some drama among the competition.
Netflix began to lose subscribers in early 2022, so bringing its most popular show to the real world could help the company grow its subscriber base.
How to apply for Squid Game: The Challenge?
For those who are interested in participating and in the $4.56 million award, you can apply for squidgamecasting.com. For this round of games, Front Man, as the franchise’s game watcher is called, is looking for 456 native English speakers from around the world.
Also, some of the other rules that the platform asks for are that you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid passport, and be available for at least four weeks in early 2023. If you meet all the requirements, you can choose USA. , UK or global casting and complete the application. After that, all you have to do is hope you get a chance to compete, it’s a matter of waiting.
The irony of adapting a squid game into a reality show
In a statement to Netflix, Brandon Rig, the company’s vice president of writing and documentary series, thanked Squid Game’s director for his support as Netflix turned his fictional world into reality. What he didn’t realize was that the Squid Game is a fictional version of the real world.
Squid Game is not just another bloody TV series – or maybe it is – but in it we can find very sharp critiques of how competitions use inequality and people’s need for money to encourage them to make fun of themselves for fun and profit. .
On the other hand, maybe Netflix really knows what it’s doing. In the same statement, Brandon Rig calls the competition a “social experiment”. It looks like Facebook’s metaverse isn’t the only flavor of dystopia in the near future.
The Squid game is here to stay
After the sheer amount of viewership that Squid Game has amassed, it’s no wonder they’re turning the series into a franchise. After all, there is a lot of profit to be made. It seems amazing that they actually turn the show into a real competition, as ironic as it sounds.
Ironic or not, the Squid Game isn’t going anywhere, and the prize is more than worth it. Casting for Squid Game: The Challenge is already underway, and you can become a participant.