Squid Game creator says story could extend to other countries

Virgin Radio

15 Aug 2022, 13:19

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Director and creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has said that Squid Game may spread to other parts of the world, and that expanding the universe has always been part of his plans.

The first season of the South Korean drama - which saw a bunch of down-on-their-luck participants playing deadly versions of children’s games in the hope of winning a massive cash prize - was wildly popular when it landed on Netflix last year. 

Now, with fans eagerly awaiting what the second season might bring, its creator has given a few hints about the future direction of the show. 

When asked by Deadline whether he would expand Squid Game to other countries, he responded: “That was actually part of my intentions from the outset. I wrote the script in a way to hint that the Squid Game was happening in other parts of the world. As you can see from the conversations that the VIPs are having [in season one], they say the Korean game this year is spectacular, which means that there are other games as well. So this was also intended, because I thought that if the show did well, I wanted to expand the universe further, so that other countries could have their own version of the Squid Game.”

Whilst the show's creator told Deadline that, “Talks regarding this are ongoing,” he didn’t specify whether this means that we will see different countries playing their own Squid Games in future seasons of the existing series, or whether other territories will get their own separate Squid Game series. Or, indeed, something else.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens! 

The director did tease a few things that we can expect from season two, however, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Regarding lead character Seong Gi-hun’s personal journey, he said: “I can’t share any details yet, but you know that Seong Gi-hun has become a totally new person by the end of season one, so season two is going to be about what that new Gi-hun is going to do and how things will unfold with this new kind of character.”

And if you fancy playing a (non-deadly) version of Squid Game, then an immersive multiplayer game is set to be launched in the UK later this year.