“Squid Game 2” is expected to release on Netflix in 2024.
Netflix’s hit drama “Squid Game” showed that the popularity of K-content could become a huge “trend” that does not end with the box office success of only one or two works.
This has been proved by the fact that “Yaksha: Ruthless Operations” (directed by Na Hyeon), starring actor Park Hae-soo of “Squid Game”, recently ranked 3rd place in Netflix’s worldwide chart in the film category (according to FlixPatrol’s data as of the 11th).
Director Na Hyeon and leading actor Seol Kyung-gu attributed the popularity of “Yaksha: Ruthless Operations” to the audiences’ keen interest in Park Hae-soo, who emerged as a world star after starring in “Squid Game”.
It is convincible to say that the success of “Squid Game” is having a great impact on attracting global fans’ attention to other K-contents. “Squid Game” has recorded huge achievements which are as influential as Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” in 2019.
The main character actor Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon were the first Koreans to win Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, in the TV Drama Series category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition, Lee Jung-jae won another Best Actor in Drama/TV Series at the Critics Choice Awards in the U.S. Also at the same awards ceremony, “Squid Game” was called out as the Best Foreign Language Series. “Gganbu grandpa” Oh Young-soo is the first Korean actor to win Best Supporting Actor in the TV Series category at the 79th Golden Globe Awards.
Behind the success of “Squid Game” was the hard work of director Hwang Dong-hyuk, who complained that he lost 6 teeth due to stress while preparing for the work.
According to director Hwang Dong-hyuk, “Squid Game” was planned to be premiered as a 2008 movie more than 10 years ago but the production was not approved since it was evaluated as “unfamiliar and difficult”. The work, which had been buried for a decade, met Netflix and was re-organized as a series. In the end, it became a masterpiece that topped Netlfix’s Worldwide TOP 10 TV Shows for 46 consecutive days.
Director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s future move has become a major issue that attracts the attention of the content industry not only in Korea but also in foreign countries. As a result, domestic and global media are also showing keen interest in director Hwang’s next film.
And again, the most discussed topic recently is “Squid Game” Season 2. According to the Korean broadcasting and film industry, director Hwang Dong-hyuk has begun preparing for the script of “Squid Game 2”.
Director Hwang mentioned Season 2 when he attended the PGA Awards last month, saying, “There will be better games… That’s all I can say”. He added, “I’m still brainstorming and collecting ideas for Season 2. I haven’t started the writing yet”
In the PGA interview, director Hwang said, “I will try to bring the actors of Season 1 back to Season 2”. Regarding questions about Jung Ho-yeon’s character, he said, “She might have a twin sister”, raising fans’ curiosity.
Later on April 5th, Hwang Dong-hyuk announced that Season 2 of “Squid Game” would be released on Netflix in 2024 while appearing at an event of the MIPTV in Cannes, Frances. He also mentioned his next work other than “Squid Game”.
It’s a project called “Killing Old People Club”. Revealing that he wrote 25 pages of treatment for his next film, director Hwang, “There is another problem… It’s gonna be more violent than ‘Squid Game’”. It is known that he came up with the idea for “Killing Old People Club” after reading the article “How Old People Survive” in Umberto Eco’s essay book “How to pretend to understand the crazy world”.
Director Hwang later attended “Deadline Contenders Television” event and talked more about “Killing Old People Club”. He said, “This project and my upcoming projects, I will take into account things such as political problems, cultural differences and difficulties, environmental climate changes, and so on”, adding, “I will observe, criticize and continue to deal with these topics in my future works”, raising expectations.