Studio Lambert and The Garden are making a real life version of drama hit Squid Game for Netflix. The show will be produced in the UK.

Netflix is billing Squid Game: The Challenge as the biggest reality competition series ever.

The show will have the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history, 456 real players will enter the game in pursuit of $4.56 million. As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show – plus new additions – their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them. “The stakes are high, but in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed.”

Recruitment has now begun at for English-language speakers from any part of the world.

Squid Game took the world by storm with Director Hwang’s captivating story and iconic imagery. We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment,” said Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series. “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.”

The 10-episode competition series is a co-production between Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E), part of ITV Studios, and it 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.

The scripted drama Squid Game holds the record as Netflix’s most popular series of all time, with over 1.65 billion view hours in the first 28 days after its September 2021 premiere.

Earlier this month, Squid Game was officially renewed for season 2.

Jon Creamer

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