Squid Game renewed for a second season, Netflix confirms – Up News Info

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“Squid Game” has been renewed for a second season.

The South Korean dystopian drama – which became streaming platform Netflix’s most popular series at launch after reaching 214 million households in 2021 – has been greenlit for another installment following its huge global success.

Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer of Netflix, told Variety, “The ‘Squid Game’ universe has just begun.”

The series – which stars Lee Jung-jae, Gong Yoo, Park Hae-soo, HoYeon Jung and O Yeong-su – explored a secret competition with 465 contestants in terrible financial situations fighting to the death for a massive jackpot.

Ted called the show — along with “Bridgerton” and “Stranger Things” — something that can be expanded outside of the platform while teasing immersive experiences, games, and merchandise.

He also praised the show’s production for capturing what Western audiences love about Korean cinema, such as Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” which won Best Picture at the 2020 Oscars.

Ted said: They didn’t try to make the show different so that it would travel, but tried to find all the things about Korean cinema and Korean drama and build them in a way and new levels of production values. It’s not like we have to go in and teach anyone in Korea how to create good content. It’s an incredible market for that. There has always been curiosity in the world, [the] The K Drama market has always had pockets of success all over the place, but the ease of delivery we’ve provided has propelled this into the mainstream.

This confirmation of a follow-up comes after showrunner Hwang Dong-hyuk – who took 10 years to bring the original season to life – teased that he’s planning one.

In November, he said, “There’s been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love for a second season. So I almost have the impression that you leave us no choice! But I will say that there will indeed be a second season. It’s in my head right now. I am currently in the planning process.

This marked a development from remarks he made where he announced he would do another season if he had access to writers and directors, as doing it solo was too taxing.

He said: “I don’t have well-developed plans for ‘Squid Game 2;. It’s tiring enough just thinking about it. But if I had to do it, I certainly wouldn’t do it alone. I would consider using a writers room and would like several experienced directors.

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