Netflix Orders ‘Squid Game’ Reality Show (NASDAQ:NFLX)

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Is a worldwide success squid game just 2 good 2 be 4-gotted? Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) doubles down on his biggest ever series yet again – he had just confirmed the production of the season 2 of his series of Korean dystopian thrillers, and now he has ordered a reality competition series based on drama.

The series in 10 episodes Squid game: the challenge will pit 456 English speakers from around the world against each other for a prize of $4.56 million.

“As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original series – plus surprising new additions – their strategies, alliances and character will be put to the test as competitors are eliminated around them,” Netflix says.

In the scripted series, 456 contestants who had fallen on hard times competed in life-or-death challenges to win 45.6 billion won (about $35.3 million in today’s US dollars).

“Squid Game took the world by storm with director Hwang’s gripping story and iconic imagery. We are grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment,” says Netflix Head of Documentary/Unscripted Brandon Riegg.

The huge success of squid game – it streamed 1.65 billion hours of viewing in the first 28 days after its premiere last September – has led analysts to broach the subject of what it means to become a global streaming service.

Martin E. Berry