Fans of one of the most popular YouTubers on the planet, MrBeast will recall how his mind-blowingly fastidious recreation of Netflix’s international phenomenon “Squid Game” became one of his most popular videos of all time in less than a week.
Well now, Netflix is taking a leaf out of MrBeast’s book, bringing the much-loved show to life in the form of the biggest reality competition series ever, “Squid Game: The Challenge.”
Boasting the largest cast and biggest prize payout in reality TV history, 456 real players will go head-to-head all hoping to take home the life-changing prize winnings totaling a staggering $4.56 million. Competing in a series of games inspired by the original series – together with shocking new surprises along the way – their tactics, alliances and determination will be put to the ultimate test as the number of contestants drops dramatically from one game to the next. With so much money at stake, the worst imaginable punishment is getting sent home empty-handed.
Commenting on the brand new format Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series said, “”Squid Game” took the world by storm with Director Hwang’s captivating story and iconic imagery. We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment. Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of tension and twists, with the biggest ever cash prize at the end.”
The 10-episode competition series is a co-production between Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E), part of ITV Studios, and it will be filmed in the UK. Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, and Toni Ireland from Studio Lambert and John Hay, Nicola Hill, and Nicola Brown from The Garden will serve as executive producers.
“Squid Game” currently holds the record as Netflix’s most popular series of all time, with over 1.65 billion view hours in the first 28 days after its September 2021 premiere, and the series was officially renewed for a second season on June 12, 2022, as Netflix and Director Hwang confirmed they will once again team up for a whole new round.
Recruitment is open now at SquidGameCasting.com. For this round, the Front Man is in search of English-language speakers from any part of the world.