A ‘Squid Game’ Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix And With All Due Respect, Can We Not?
Thanks, I hate it.
The competition even boasts a cash prize of $4.5 million USD, which is apparently the biggest pile of prize money of any reality TV competition in history. But unlike in Hwang Dong-hyuk’s 2021 Netflix series, unsuccessful contestants will live to see another day.
“Squid Game took the world by storm with [director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s] captivating story and iconic imagery,” reckons 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.” What? What did you do, Dong-hyuk?
“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.”
As you can imagine, fans of the original series — which was 12 years in the making — are reeling over the announcement, insisting that given Squid Game is a pointed indictment of life in Korea under capitalism, turning it into a actual show is kind of missing the point.
But alas! It’s happening anyway, and as we wait with bated breath for the next critique of capitalism to be subsumed by capitalism itself, we leave you with this series of reaction tweets.
I feel like Netflix may have missed the point of Squid Game? https://t.co/AvuyGEGgud
— John Zaozirny (@johnzaozirny) June 14, 2022
Squid Game being created into a reality tv show just shows that capitalism really is the perfect self sustaining system. Any form of anti-capitalism will always be co-opted and watered down by those in power until it becomes unrecognisable.
— hai (@_Tahai) June 15, 2022
Squid game becoming a reality show on netflix is the most postmodern weird horrifying shit I've ever seen
— Patty O'Furniture (@CaptainBoomcake) June 14, 2022
Imagine u sign up for the squid game reality show hosted by Netflix and they actually kill u
— anna 💫 (@puppy_secretary) June 15, 2022
does no one working at netflix watched squid game or did no one dared to speak up about why this reality tv show is one of the worst ideas they have had so far
— desty (@fearmozu) June 15, 2022
Capitalism won’t learn lessons – it essentially co-opts any criticism of it. https://t.co/ajwBtyub1L
— David Lo Pun-ch Nazis (@helpmeskeletor) June 15, 2022
Making a Squid Game reality tv show is like the movie Joker doing a gun giveaway promotion
— Aaron Stewart-Ahn (@somebadideas) June 14, 2022
No 'cause that Squid Game reality game show's looking kinda tempting, I won't lie.
— ☁︎ (@stayindust) June 15, 2022