Move out of the way, there’s a new show in town!
Netflix’s Squid Game is on track to become the streaming platform’s most popular show ever…
If you’ve not heard about Squid Game, where have you been?
Created and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the tantalizing thriller tells the story of “hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.”
It quickly became the first Korean drama to rank at number 1 on Netflix and managed to do so only 4 days after its release, beating out other popular K-dramas such as Vincenzo and It’s Okay Not To Be Okay.
It also received a 100% rating on Rotton Tomatoes and a solid 8.3/10 on IMDb. And if that wasn’t already impressive enough, Squid Game is on track to become the streaming giant’s number 1 show of all time.
On Monday, during the Code conference, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and Head of Content spoke out on the issue, saying this:
“Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure [and has] a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.
“We did not see that coming, in terms of its global popularity,” he also admitted.
The current rankings place Bridgeton’s first season at number 1, closely followed by Lupin and The Witcher, all of which had their burst of popularity in the past few years.
Amongst the top 10 shows are only 2 others that are not in English – Lupin and Money Heist. But if things continue to grow as they are, Squid Game will definitely be in the top 5 most popular shows of all time, if not the top spot, adding Korean to the prestigious list.
After seeing the show’s success, Hwang Dong-hyuk was asked if we would be getting another season…
Speaking to Variety on September 24th, Hwang admitted that the process of creating the hit Netflix show has been stressful and it’s not something he’s ready to re-do because of his lack of “teamwork.”
He also said: “In my earlier days, I’d drink half a bottle of soju [Korean alcohol] to get the creative juices flowing. I can’t do that anymore,” Hwang said. “Writing [Squid Game] was harder than normal for me as it was a series, not a film. It took me 6 months to write and rewrite the first 2 episodes. Then I consulted verbally with friends, and picked up clues for improvements through my own pitching and from their responses.”
However, he did add this on the prospect of writing another season:
“I don’t have well-developed plans for ‘Squid Game 2.’ It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors.”
So who knows at this point?
Have you watched Squid Game yet?