Squid Game Creator Addresses Reality Spinoff Controversy

By Rebecca Theodore-Vachon 

Squid Game showrunner Hwang Dong-hyuk has spoken out about Netflix’s planned reality competition based on the series.

Hwang Dong-hyuk, who won the Outstanding Directing award at the 74th Emmy awards Monday night, was asked by the press about his thoughts on the planned competition series.

“I think that even though our show does carry quite a heavy message—and I know that there are some concerns of taking that message and creating it into a reality show with a cash prize. However, I feel like when you take things too seriously, that’s really not the best way to go for the entertainment industry. It doesn’t really set a great precedent,” the director said.


The 10-episode competition is about to enter production in the U.K. Like the show, Netflix will recruit 456 real players to play games inspired by the original series, plus some surprising new additions. Contestants will vie for the grand prize of $4.56 million.

Squid Game made history at The Emmys as Lee Jung-jae was the first Asian actor to win the Outstanding Lead Actor award. Lee You-mi also won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Ji-yeong. Squid Game received 14 Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Drama Series.