Global streamer Netflix is prepping what it’s billing as “the biggest competition series ever,” based on its most successful scripted property to date.
Squid Game: The Challenge is set to be produced by UK prodcos Studio Lambert and The Garden. An open casting call has just been launched online for the series (see the casting site via this link), with applications being solicited for English-speaking U.S., UK and international contestants.
Truly global in scope, the team behind the series is promising the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in unscripted TV history. The prize of $4.56 million will be sought after by 456 players competing in various games inspired by the hit drama, as well as new challenges. Thankfully, according to Netflix, “in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed.”
The project will be filmed in the UK. 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 [Hwang Dong-hyuk] captivating story and iconic imagery,” said Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s VP of unscripted and documentary series. “We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment. 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.”
Squid Game holds the record as Netflix’s most popular series to date, with over 1.65 billion view hours in the first 28 days after its September 2021 premiere, according to the streamer. A second season was just announced.