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Netflix orders new seasons of popular Korean originals including ‘Squid Game’

This image provided by Netflix shows a letter from ‘Squid Game’ creator Hwang Dong Hyuk confirming a second season. (Netflix)

Global streaming giant Netflix recently announced plans to renew a number of its popular Korean originals, such as hit survival drama Squid Game, for more seasons in an apparent bid to build new momentum as the pandemic subsides.

Earlier this week, Netflix confirmed that The Squid Game (2021) would return for a second season.

It was the streamer’s official announcement of a nine-part sequel to the series that made headlines in the West, although there were reports in the news that creator Hwang Dong Hyuk was working on a sequel.

But the streamer did not provide details about the cast and filming schedules.

Released last September, the all-Korean survival drama ‘Squid Game’ became the highest-grossing Netflix series in streaming history, racking up 1.65 billion watch hours in its first four weeks of release.

On Wednesday, the company said that the 2nd season of Korean monster horror series Sweet Home (2020) is now in production, and the third part of the series is also in development.

The stars of the first season, including main characters Sung Kang and Lee Jin Wook, will appear in the new seasons, with director Lee Eun Bok returning to the helm.

“Sweet Home” became the first South Korean series to enter the top 10 on Netflix in the United States, coming in at number three.

Last week, Netflix announced that it would be bringing back its hit Korean zombie thriller We’re All Dead (2022) for another season.

It stated that the new season would tell the story of a group of students who survived a zombie attack on their high school.

Season 1’s main cast members Park Ji Hoo, Yoon Chang Young, and Jo Yi Hyun will reprise their roles for Season 2, which is also directed by Season 1 director Lee Jae Kyu, aka Lee JQ, according to Netflix.

The 12-episode zombie series was the fourth most watched non-English language TV program in its first four weeks with 560.8 million hours of cumulative viewing, behind “Squid Game” with 1.65 billion hours, “Money Heist: Part 5” with 792.2 million hours and The Money Heist: Part 4 with 619 million hours.

The hit Netflix military drama DP (2021), about the Korean army’s “deserter pursuit” team, was confirmed for a second season last month.

The series, which has gained wide popularity in Korea, where all able-bodied men must complete their mandatory military service, will star Jung Hae In, Ku Gyo Hwan, Kim Sung Kyun, and Sung Suk Koo in the lead roles.

A second season of another Korean original Hellbound (2021), Yong Sang Ho’s dystopian horror series from Train to Busan (2016), is also expected to be filmed.

Following the lifting of social distancing rules around the world due to COVID-19, the global streamers that had seen their subscriber numbers increase during the pandemic have declined.

Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers in April, the company’s first loss in 10 years, and laid off more than a hundred of its employees last month.

Insiders pointed out that Netflix is ​​looking for ways to break the deadlock amid sequels to popular Korean originals. (Yonhap)

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