by Netflix squid gamea series about people risking their lives and sometimes killing each other on television to pay off their crushing debts, becomes a real game show.
Although Netflix has just announced that squid game will return for a second season, today the streamer shared his plans to expand the battle royale-esque franchise with a real-world game show inspired by the fictional competition at the center of the original series. As squid game, Squid game: the challenge (not to be confused with MTV The challenge) will pit 456 players from around the world against each other as they battle it out for a $4.56 million prize that only one entrant can ultimately claim.
Although Netflix released a promotional video featuring scenes from the fictional squid gamehe has not yet specified what types of obstacles Squid game: the challenge will throw at the competitors. In a public statement about the new game show, Netflix’s vice president of unscripted series and documentaries, Brandon Riegg, sang squid game Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk praised and cited the series’ global success as part of the reasoning behind Netflix’s decision to make it a show that audiences can participate in.
“We are grateful for his support as we transform the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment,” Riegg said. “Fans of the drama series are about to embark on a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the greatest competition series of all time, full of tension and twists and turns, with the biggest prize in silver at the end.”
While the original squid game is a Korean series, Netflix is specifically looking for English speakers from all over the world for the new show, according to the official recruitment site. Applications to be on Squid Game: The Challenge are now open, and may the odds still be in your favor – or whatever.