The Netflix streaming service responded to the statement of the director and creator of Squid Game, Hwang Dong-hyuk, who said that Squid Game season 2 would be officially made. According to Netflix, there has been no decision on this matter.
“Discussions about a second season are ongoing, but nothing has been confirmed yet,” Netflix said, reported by the Korea Herald on Wednesday (10/9).
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The Squid Game series is a Korean series that gained great success – starring Lee Jung-Jae, Park Hae-soo, and Gong Yoo, reportedly brought in US$891.1 million in impact value for Netflix. The series, itself, tells the story of a group of people who take part in a race. Those who fail must face death, as only one contestant can win the grand prize, which is 45.6 billion won in cash.
Yonhap reported on Sunday (17/10), an internal Netflix report received by Bloomberg said that the figure was 41 times the production cost of this series which reached US$21.4 million, or about US$2.4 million per episode.
The document outlines several factors that make the impact value of Squid Game soar. One of them is the production cost which is comparatively lower than other Netflix series. Mentioned, Stranger Things cost US$ 8 million per episode, and The Crown for US$ 10 million per episode.
Squid Game is also very effective in capturing the audience. The series reached 132 million viewers in just 23 days since it was first released on the streaming service.
The series of successes made the public hope for a second season of Squid Game. Hwang Dong-hyuk, who recently confirmed that he would officially work on Squid Game season 2.
“So there was so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for the second season. I felt like I had no choice. So I said there would indeed be a second season,” said Hwang Dong-hyuk.
Hwang Dong-hyuk added that the story idea of Squid Game season 2 was already in his mind. However, he was reluctant to reveal further details because it was still in the planning process.