Squid Game is a new dystopian series from Korea that has been buzzing on Netflix over the past few weeks.
It only came out on September 17 but it’s already on track to become the platform’s biggest show ever, surpassing Bridgerton, The Queen’s Gambit and Stranger Things.
From its title and colourful imagery, you wouldn’t be remiss in thinking the show was some sort of hilarious game show of sorts.
But this nine-episode drama is actually one of the most harrowing series the streamer has put out in ages.
Audiences will be utterly gripped following a group of 456 people as they risk their lives for the chance to win ₩45.6 billion (equivalent to £28million or $38million).
To bring home the jackpot, all the contestants in Squid Game have to do is win (or better survive) a series of children playground games.
But whoever is organising the game is taking things to the extreme, not hesitating to kill whoever does not follow the rules, refuses to play or loses.
As for the inspiration behind Squid Game’s title, series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed how it came from his own childhood memories.
‘Squid Game is a game I used to play as a child in the schoolyard or the streets of the neighbourhood,’ he said in an interview with RadioTimes.com.
‘This is a story about people who used to play this game as children and return to play it as adults.
‘It was one of the most physical and it was also one of my favourite games,’ he continued. ‘I felt that this game could be the most symbolic children’s game that could represent the kind of society we live in today.’
As for the idea of the show itself, Hwang developed this project all the way back in 2008, completing the first draft of the project the following year.
‘I was reading a lot of comic books, and I finished the script in 2009,’ he explained.
‘At the time, it seemed very unfamiliar and violent. There were people who thought it was a little too complex and not commercial. I wasn’t able to get enough investment and casting was difficult. I dabbled in it for about a year, but I had to put it to sleep then.’
The wait seems to have been worth it though seeing the immense popularity the show is seeing more than a decade after it was conceived.
Squid Game is available on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.