Squid Game is back, but with a twist, two years after it practically had the entire globe talking.
Squid Game: The Challenge, based on the blockbuster South Korean dystopian drama, is a new reality series that will follow 456 genuine participants from across the world as they compete for a record-breaking cash reward of $4.56 million (£3.725 million).
While it won’t be as grim as the original, in which participants were murdered off one by one until only one remained, the frightening teaser for the reality series suggests contestants will be just as nasty to each other as they compete for the prize money.
The scary robotic doll is heard humming as the series’ set begins to light up, with the masked guys seen seated at computer screens monitoring the participants.
One then calls the players to attention: ‘You will now compete for our biggest cash prize in reality show history.’
As the streaming service teases, the series follows on from the ‘biggest Netflix show ever’ to become ‘the biggest reality show ever’.
Some of the participants are then shown watching the money fall into an orb hanging above them, indicating that they are now in the running to win a life-changing sum of money.
‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’ one of them shouts.
Following that, several video show them participating in a variety of tasks, including one in which participants are fleeing for their lives in Red Light, Green Light.
As one would remark, ‘people do a whole lot worse for a whole lot less.’
The contestants will compete in games based on the original programme as well as some new elements.
However, competitors on the show, which was recorded in Bedford, alleged earlier this year that the filming resulted in medical issues due to below-freezing conditions.
between the filming, several participants reported feeling ill between takes, while others struggled to a finish in minus-3-degree temperatures during a cold snap.
‘Even if hypothermia kicked in, then people were willing to stay for as long as possible because a lot of money was on the line,’ one contestant told the Sun.
‘Too many were determined not to move so they stood there for far too long.’
However, in a statement to The Times, Netflix and its production partners, Studio Lambert and the Garden, said: ‘We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew, and invested in all the appropriate safety procedures.’
They added that while it was ‘very cold on set’, participants were prepared and ‘any claims of serious injury are untrue’.
Squid Game: The Challenge starts on November 22 on Netflix.
Source My Celebrity Life.