The creator of Netflix’s popular new show “Squid Game” said that Donald Trump’s presidency was an influence that encouraged the release of the Dystopian series.
South Korean filmmaker Huang Dong-hyuk, who wrote and directed all nine episodes of the Korean language drama, said he first came up with the idea during the 2008 global financial crisis.
At the time, there wasn’t too much appetite for the show’s bizarre background, he told Indieware.
Then came the cryptocurrency boom, the rise of tech giants, and the Trump presidency. With those major global improvements over the last 10 years and changes in the way the show is delivered to audiences, Dong-Huik said he felt it was the last time.
“I think he’s one of the VIPs in the squid game,” he said of Trump. “It’s almost like running a game show, not a country, like scaring people. After all these problems, I thought the time had come for this show to go out into the world.
The “VIP” characters on the show are anonymous members of a mega-rich cable who compete and bet, where hundreds of deep-teded people play curved versions of children’s games for a huge cash prize. Players are brutally killed if they are eliminated from the competition.
Within four days of its September 17 release on Netflix, “Squid Game” has reached number 1 on the streaming platform. In South Korea, it debuted at No. 2 and reached the top a day later.
The season ended with many unanswered questions and Dong-Hyuk said he was getting a lot of pressure to make a second season.
“I think I have an obligation to explain it to the fans and I’m thinking of Season 2, but at the time, after finishing Season 1, I was so tired, I couldn’t really think of Season 2,” he said. Indie Wire. “But now that it’s been such a big hit, people will hate me if I don’t do Season 2, so I feel a lot of pressure and think I have to. The great success of Season 1 is a big reward for me, but at the same time it has put a lot of pressure on me.