Netflix Turning ‘Squid Game’ Into a Reality TV Show (Minus the Murder)

Netflix is taking the hit Korean show Squid Game and turning it into an English-based reality TV competition series. 

On Tuesday, the company announced(Opens in a new window) an open casting call for English speakers across the globe to participate in Squid Game: The Challenge. The reality TV show will follow the same format as Squid Game, minus the murder, and give 456 players a chance to compete in a series of children’s games for a chance to win $4.56 million. 

The reality TV show promises to mirror the drama in the Korean series.

“As [players] compete through a series of games inspired by the original show—plus surprising new additions—their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them,” Netflix said. “The stakes are high, but in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed.

Netflix is producing a 10-episode season, which will be filmed in the UK. If you’re interested, you can go to in a new window) and apply to be a contestant on the show, which requires uploading a 1-minute video about your strategy to win the game. 

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The company announced the news mere days after greenlighting a second season of Squid Game, which is Netflix most-watched series. In the show, the fictional competition turns out to be deadly, forcing desperate players to kill each other in order to win a cash prize. 

Netflix is betting on the Squid Game franchise as it faces declining user growth and increased competition from other streaming providers. As a result, the company plans to crack down on password sharing and launch an ad-based plan to boost revenues.

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