Squid Game: originally, the Netflix series was supposed to be a movie

Emmanuel itier


Based in Los Angeles, Emmanuel Itier accompanies AlloCiné on American releases, providing interviews / junkets and coverage of US events.

Co-written with:

Clement Cusseau

Guest of the Television Critics Awards, the designer of “Squid Game” Hwang Dong-hyuk returned to the creation of his phenomenon series, originally conceived as a feature film.

It is no longer a secret for anyone. Long before it became one of the most popular series of all time on Netflix, Squid Game was conceived in 2008 by its creator Hwang Dong-hyuk as a feature film. A director until then specializing in cinema, the latter had nevertheless failed to sell his project to Korean studios, due to the darkness of his story.

It is therefore finally in the form of a television series that the project was able to succeed. A change of format, which required a lot of work from the filmmaker:

“Adapting it into a nine-episode series was a hell of a challenge. I had to improvise because I had no experience in this type of production. (…) The advantage of a nine-episode series is that gave me over 8 hours of story time to explore every character and twist in depth. “

A vitriolic portrait of Korean society, Squid Game follows the story of characters riddled with debt. By participating in a series of deadly games, they are given the opportunity to win a fortune to start a new life. Launched last September, the series scored the best ever startup on Netflix, with more than 117 million views in just seventeen days!

“I created characters that represent certain elements of Korean society, whether they are from the majority or minorities. Because it is really a metaphor for the current society in South Korea.” Hwang Dong-hyuk also commented, adding that the only character to have seen significant changes from the movie version is Han Mi-nyeo, thanks in large part to the brilliant portrayal of actress Kim Joo-Ryung.

Squid Game can be found now exclusively on Netflix. As a reminder, Hwang Dong-hyuk recently announced that a season 2 will finally see the light of day, largely to meet the endless demands of fans of the series!