For its creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, they had been a part of his childhood in South Korea. “All of us have at some point played those simple and childish games,” he advised CNN.
Among those Hwang performed as a baby was the titular “Squid Game,” a crew sport involving attackers pushing their method by way of a vaguely squid-shaped space, with defenders attempting to cease them. “It was very physically demanding, and so every time we played someone would get injured, have their clothes torn or cry,” he stated. “It would always be the last game of the day.”
“Having grown into an adult, the question ‘what would it be like to go back and play those childhood games again?’ was the start to the creation of the entire series.”
Released in September, “Squid Game” — about debt-ridden contestants battling it out in a sequence of lethal youngsters’s video games — is at the moment on monitor to turn out to be Netflix’s hottest present ever, having reached primary in 90 nations, together with the US.
For Hwang, the present’s narrative displays the “competitive society” we stay in immediately. “This is a story about losers,” he stated — those that battle by way of the challenges of on a regular basis life and get left behind, whereas the “winners level up.”
It can also be a private story. The two foremost characters, Seong Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo, are named after his previous mates, and he calls them his “inner clones.”
In the present, contestants participate in a sequence of lethal youngsters’s video games. Credit: YOUNGKYU PARK/NETFLIX
“They represent the two sides of me. Like Gi-hun, I was raised by a single mother in a financially troubled environment in Ssangmun-dong,” he defined. “At the same time, like Sang-woo, I went to Seoul National University and my entire neighborhood praised me and had high expectations of me.”
Producing the present was an intense expertise, with Hwang shedding six tooth whereas filming due to stress. But it hasn’t fully put him off the thought of creating a second season.
“Writing, producing and directing a series alone was really such a big task. When I think about doing the same for season two, I’m personally kind of worried,” he stated. “There’s nothing confirmed at the moment, but so many people are enthusiastic that I’m really contemplating it.”
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