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Old 10-06-2021, 12:07 AM   #1
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Squid Game Script Was Rejected for 10 Years

Squid Game Script Was Rejected for 10 Years

After many years, Netflix finally gave Squid Game the green light.

While Squid Game might be on track to become Netflix's biggest ever show, the Korean drama was previously rejected by local studios for a decade before being picked up by Netflix.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk first thought up the idea for Squid Game over ten years ago. At the time, the film director and screenwriter was living with his mother and grandmother and had to halt on scriptwriting at one point as he was forced to sell his $675 laptop for money.

Local film studios rejected pitches for Squid Game, believing the concept to be "implausible" and "too grotesque". However, the show was finally picked up by Netflix, who thought that the class struggles depicted in the show "spoke to reality".

Hwang said that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated a disparity between the rich and the poor. “The world has changed,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “All of these points made the story very realistic for people compared to a decade ago.”

Have you watched Squid Game? YES or NO?

Early indicators for the show estimate that Squid Game could be on track to become Netflix's biggest TV show ever. For the US streaming service, the show's sudden popularity could be interpreted as vindication of the company's recent decision to invest in Korean content. Netflix told the WSJ that it had invested about $700 million in Korean films and television shows between 2015 to 2020.

IGN recently reviewed Squid Game where we gave it a 9/10, calling it "one of the most exciting series to hit Netflix in some time." We praised the show for its ability to make its audiences squirm and for being "one of the most unique things you’ll watch this year". For those looking to get into the show, however, you may want to choose your options wisely, as one set of English language subtitles is reportedly more accurate than the other.
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Squid Game Season 2 Might Not Be About the Contestants

Squid Game Season 2 Might Not Be About the Contestants

The red light, green light hasn't been given for a new chapter just yet.

Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has spoken about his ideas for a potential second season of the hit Netflix show, revealing one possible focus for the next chapter.

In an interview with The Times, Hwang revealed that he had already been thinking about how Squid Game's story could possibly evolve beyond the nine episodes of the first season, which first arrived on Netflix on September 17. He suggested that, if a second season is greenlit, then he may shift focus and further explore the role of the Korean police.

"While I was writing season one, I thought about the stories that could be in season two if I get to do one — one would be the story of the Frontman," Hwang said of one of the show's most complex characters, The Frontman, played by Lee Byung-hun, who is a former cop and one of the masterminds behind the game.

"I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea," Hwang added. "I see it on the global news that the police force can be very late on acting on things — there are more victims or a situation gets worse because of them not acting fast enough. This was an issue that I wanted to raise. Maybe in season two I can talk about this more."

While the ideas are starting to formulate, nothing firm has been decided about a second season of Squid Game just yet. However, Netflix's global TV head, Bela Bajaria, told Vulture that they're excited about the prospect of continuing the dystopian drama and they're willing to work around Hwang's schedule to make it happen.

"He has a film and other things he's working on. We're trying to figure out the right structure for him." Bajaria noted, demonstrating Netflix's willingness to be flexible for Hwang's creative process in recognition of the fact that she knows he's a person that likes to collaborate with "other writers" who might also work on the project.

It's not surprising that talk of a second season of Squid Game is already in the air. The debut season of the South Korean survival drama is on track to become Netflix's biggest TV show ever — if the early viewership figures hold. Its growing popularity has even started to expand across different mediums, with fan-made games popping up all over Roblox.

If you happen to be coming into the series with fresh eyes and you're relying on translations to follow the story, you might want to consider watching the episodes with the proper "English" subtitles turned on rather than Netflix's closed captions, so you don't lose the nuances of the script and the twisted, colorful competitions that dominate the show.
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Old 10-06-2021, 12:29 AM   #3
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I watched this.

It was entertaining and disgusting. Alright for what it was.

I imagine it will spawn clones, but i fear it's sucess will cause it to continue and drag allong unecessarely.
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