Squid Game creator Hwang Dong Hyuk admits to watching some of the show’s funny recreations on YouTube and weighed in on these fan made versions.
Squid Game creator Hwang Dong Hyuk has weighed in on the numerous iterations of the show made by YouTubers like MrBeast. The South Korean drama involves a deadly competition where 456 players from all walks of life play a series of children’s games for a chance to win the 45.6 billion cash prize. They soon realize that the contests dark twist means only one will survive and those who fail to advance to the next game will face immediate execution. Hwang, an acclaimed Korean filmmaker, conceived the concept for Squid Game in 2009 based on his own financial struggles and the countrys economic issues.
While it took 12 years before Squid Game was finally picked up for television, the series quickly took the world by storm when it premiered on Netflix last Sept. 17. It clocked in 1.65 billion viewing hours during its first month alone and topped international charts as well. It is now the streaming giant’s most watched series to date. Despite Squid Game’s violent theme, the show was praised for its thrilling plot and brilliant storytelling. Because of Squid Game’s phenomenal success, many fans have tried to recreate the challenges depicted in the show, including the popular YouTuber MrBeast. At the recently concluded Gotham Awards in New York where the Korean drama won Best Breakthrough Series, Hwang revealed his thoughts on the many YouTubers copying the show. When asked by ET Canada, the Asian filmmaker didn’t hide his amusement and even revealed that he’s seen some of these videos. In the end, Hwang gave his stamp of approval and said that these YouTube videos helped him promote the show.
The games featured on Squid Game are inspired by street games children in South Korea traditionally play. Naturally the shows international audiences are curious to try the challenges themselves for fun. Many have documented their hilarious but realistic attempts on social media such as TikTok and Instagram. For his video MrBeast staged a massive Squid Game set replica to recreate look of hit drama. His non-lethal version of Squid Game also got 456 contestants and gave away a whopping $456,000 cash prize. Like the Netflix show MrBeast’s YouTube video was a smash hit and now has more than 145 million views. While most of these videos are made just for kicks, it is crucial to note that viewers who want to try the games at home should prioritize safety as well. As Hwang commented, all these fan made versions only add to the show’s popularity. Three months since the survival drama premiered it is clear that Squid Game is still a much talked about series and the hype isn’t going away any time soon.