6th October, 2021
Squid Game director, Hwang Dong-hyuk, has said the series was in development for over a decade before it debut on global streaming platform, Netflix.
The movie which premiered worldwide on Netflix on September 17th has become a massive hit. It became the most-watched series on Netflix in many countries and received overwhelmingly positive reception.
The violent series has triggered many emotions among viewers globally.
Director Dong-hyuk revealed in an interview with The Korean Times that the series took over a decade to pitch due to its premise.
He noted that the concept came up in 2008 and he wrote the script the following year however, he was hesitant to pitch it afterwards.
He however, noted that now, audience globally are more receptive of violent stories than they were years back.
“Making the story into the series was still an adventure, just as it was about a decade ago. I knew that it would be all or nothing; either a masterpiece or a quirky flop, he said.
“The idea behind this work was very experimental. So I would keep on asking myself if audiences will find it convincing that the characters are risking their lives to play children’s games. After about 12 years, the world has changed into a place where such peculiar, violent survival stories are actually welcomed.
“The series’ games that participants go crazy over align with people’s desires to hit the jackpot with things like cryptocurrency, real estate and stocks. So many people have been able to empathize with the story.