Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator behind the global phenomenon that is Squid Game, revealed this week that he’s nowhere close to done telling the story.
Hwang said in an interview with Korean broadcaster KBS, “I’m in talks with Netflix over season two as well as season three. We will come to a conclusion any time soon,” according to the Korea Times. This is the first time the director has suggested that the show will continue beyond the second season after he confirmed in an interview with Deadline earlier this month that Netflix had signed on to produce the next installment of the show.
Elaborating on the second season, Hwang explained to Deadline that it would “almost not make sense to not have a sophomore season for something that was loved this much.” He added, “as for when that’s gonna be, I think I can’t give you an answer now. I will say though that we are definitely talking about it, so maybe someday, but I don’t know when.” The Squid Game writer also revealed that the second season will focus more on the story of Seong Gi-hun, played by actor Lee Jung-jae, the character who won the life or death contest and the 45.6 billion won in prize money at the end of season one.
Since the release of Squid Game on September 17, it has become the number-one most-streamed show in over 90 countries and is the most-watched piece of Netflix content of all time, with a total of 1.65 billion hours of streaming in the first four weeks of release. It’s also the first non-English-language show to receive a Critics Choice Award nomination for best drama series.
In an interview with Vanity Fair published this week, Hwang said he’s been totally blown away by the response to the show that he started working on 12 years ago. “I was bombarded with meeting requests from so many industry players, including agents, management, and lawyers,” he said. “I had to go through five to six meetings a day because there were just so many people who wanted to meet me.” Hwang noted, however, that while he may have started writing the show over a decade ago, “it is more relevant than before,” referring to Squid Game’s themes addressing the brutality of capitalism and mass inequality, which the ongoing pandemic has only exacerbated. The show “has a timelessness to it that really transcends time and location when it comes to the subject matter,” he added.
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