A jackpot of more than 4 million dollars is at stake. The Netflix platform has launched a casting call to find the future participants of Squid Game: The Challenge. This new show is announced as the adaptation of Squid Game in reality TV. Overall, it takes the principle of the South Korean series in real life and, of course, without a candidate killed. “In the biggest casting call in reality TV history, 456 real contestants will take part in the game, chasing a life-changing $4.56 million jackpot,” the platform writes on a website specially created to recruit candidates for this game.
Its organizers are looking for “English-speaking participants from any part of the world”. Among the requirements, one must be at least 21 years old, be “available to participate in the program for a maximum of four weeks currently scheduled for early 2023” and “be able to travel to all locations that will be specified”. “Real gamers will be immersed in the iconic Squid Game universe and never know what awaits them,” reads the recruitment form, which promises “a breathtaking series of trials.”
The announcement was made by Netflix on Tuesday night on social media. It may come as a surprise since, in the series, the losers are killed as the trials progress. Seen as an acidic critique of the excesses of capitalism, Squid Game features hundreds of characters from the most marginalized sections of South Korea participating in children’s games, such as “1-2-3 sun”, to win a huge sum of money, at the risk of being killed.
In the future reality TV show, “the worst that can happen is to go home empty-handed”, reassures Netflix on the site. “Whether they win or lose, all players will emerge unscathed. But, if you win, you win big! insists the platform in the recruitment form.
This announcement was made a few days after the formalization of the second season of Squid Game. In April, its creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, indicated that it would not be ready before 2024. Very violent, the series has met with worldwide success and has become a social phenomenon.