Netflix confirmed what many saw coming: a Squid Game season 2, which will bring back Gi-Hun and the Front Man.
At the same time, the Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk is also making a Squid Game satire based on his own experiences in creating a show that would end up becoming the most watched Netflix series of all time.
If you didn’t know the story behind Squid Game, Hwang Dong-hyuk wrote it based on his own experiences with the class disparity in South Korea and his economic struggles early in life. He had written Squid Game back in 2008 but it took 11 years, until 2019, to find someone to support it financially. The stress of it was so much, the director lost six of his teeth due to stress.
For Squid Game to be produced, Netflix’s need to expand their foreign content catalog was needed.
That story will be what is showcased in the Squid Game satire Hwang Dong-hyuk is now working on. A comedy titled The Best Show on the Planet, the project is in its earliest stages.
As for Squid Game season 2, even though that’s a more advanced project, the show worries its maker the same way as it does its fans.
“Season 1’s success has given me an immense amount of pressure and I am having nightmares about the reception for Season 2 not being so good,” the director told Deadline.
Indeed, many responders to the Squid Game season 2 announcement worried that the story might end up a little diluted. While the story of player 456 (Gi-Hun) has plenty of room to continue, as it was left off in the point where he wanted to demolish the system that built Squid Game, the rest of the plot lines have little appeal.
Fortunately, it seems Hwang is focusing on what made Squid Game so good: the games themselves.
The new season of Squid Game will have even more diabolical games and hopefully even catchier tunes to light up TikTok’s imagination.