Netflix has announced that it is bringing the global phenomenon Squid Game to life through the introduction of a Squid Game reality tv series.

The stakes are high, with players having the opportunity to win a life-changing sum of money, but the worst fate that can happen is going home empty-handed, unlike the fictional Squid Game TV series the reality show is based on.

Squid Game: The Challenge will involve the largest ever cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history, with a total of 456 players competing for a $4.56 million (€4.4 million) reward.

Recruitment is open now at For this round, the Front Man is in search of English-language speakers from any part of the world. 

“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,” said Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series. “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.

The scripted drama Squid Game 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. 

On 12th June 2022, Squid Game was officially renewed for season 2 as Netflix and Director Hwang confirmed they will once again team up for a whole new round.

Netflix faces intense competition from streaming rivals and was also hit after it raised prices and left Russia. In Malta, it now faces competition from Disney+ which became available in the country from Tuesday.

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