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Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk is working on a new satirical comedy about the making of his hit Netflix series and the impact of the show’s unprecedented popularity.
According Deadline, the project is tentatively titled “The Best Show on the Planet”, which is fitting for a show on Squid Game, given that it had the biggest series launch ever on Netflix when it was released last year. . Hwang’s satire would focus on “the overnight success of Squid Game, based on his personal experience of being thrust into the limelight”.
Hwang pointed out that the satirical comedy is in the very early stages of development and he is still busy preparing for the second season of Squid Game. He confirmed in November that the South Korean drama would be back with more Gi-hun adventures, and he’s since told Deadline that they’re aiming for a Netflix Halloween 2024 launch for the new series.
In the same interview, Hwang said he felt “tremendous pressure” to create a follow-up season after the success of the last one. The production of the first season caused him to lose six teeth due to stress, and Hwang is clearly feeling the heat again as he admits he’s “having nightmares about the poor reception of Season 2.”
There’s no sign of Hwang slowing down either, as the filmmaker previously revealed he’s already in talks with Netflix about a third season of Squid Game to further expand the universe he’s created. . Hwang is also currently working on a film called Killing Old People Club, which is an adaptation of a novel by Italian essayist Umberto Eco.
Squid Game was one of last year’s streaming hits and IGN’s top TV show of 2021, reaching a “breathtaking” 214 million subscribers worldwide. The series depicts a “candy-coated” battle royale in which hundreds of cash-strapped players have accepted a bizarre invitation to participate in various children’s games – with lethally high stakes.
IGN gave Squid Game a 9 out of 10, calling it “one of the most exciting series to hit Netflix in quite some time.” We praised the way it unfolds the story to deliver “thriller, drama, and episodic psychological depression with a sickly pastel veneer” that is “equal parts heartbreaking and wiggly” for players and audiences.
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.