Netflix Sets Squid Game Competition Series


Netflix has greenlit Squid Game: The Challenge, which it is billing as “the biggest reality competition series ever.”

The show is expected to have the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history, with 456 real players who will enter the game in pursuit of a life-changing reward of $4.56 million.

As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show, plus new additions, their strategies, alliances and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them.

The ten-episode competition series is a co-production between Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E). It will be filmed in the U.K.

Recruitment is open now at for English-language speakers from any part of the world.

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 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’s 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 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.