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Director Hwang Dong-hyuk to create satirical comedy on the success of his hit series ‘Squid Game’

  • “Squid Game” creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has revealed that he’s coming out with another satirical show based on the success of his 2021 global phenomenon.
  • Titled “The Best Show on the Planet,” the comedy is one of three projects that Hwang is currently working on, with the others being a “violent” film inspired by the works of Umberto Eco and Season 2 of “Squid Game.”

“Squid Game,” a satirical show that became a global phenomenon last year, is becoming the subject of another satirical show exploring its overnight success. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk, the mastermind behind the 2021 Netflix hit, said he is in the early stages of development for the meta-satire production. 

Hwang told Deadline that the project, provisionally titled “The Best Show on the Planet,” is still too young to have the details configured. All he revealed was that it’s a satirical comedy based on his own experiences of being catapulted into international stardom when “Squid Game” took over the world. 

Study: Online posts about Korean pop culture have jumped 3,000 percent since ‘Squid Game’ release

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  • A recent South Korean study found that online English-language posts relating to Korean pop culture increased by 3,000 percent, or 30-fold, following the release of the Netflix series “Squid Game.”
  • The Korea International Cultural Exchange Agency and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced their findings yesterday after analyzing data on Korean pop culture’s global impact.
  • The report was based on data collected from various social platforms, including YouTube, TikTok, Reddit and Rotten Tomatoes, between June and December of last year.
  • “Squid Game” made history upon its September 2021 release when it became the “biggest series launch” in Netflix history with over 111 million viewers in its first month.

A South Korean study found that online English-language posts related to Korean pop culture increased by 3,000 percent, or 30-fold, following the release of the popular Netflix series “Squid Game.”

The Korea International Cultural Exchange Agency (KOFICE) and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism released the report yesterday. They analyzed data from 15 countries across three categories of online media between June and December of last year.

‘Squid Game’ director Hwang Dong-hyuk: Upcoming film ‘Killing Old People’ will be even ‘more violent’

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  • "Squid Game" Director Hwang Dong-Hyuk has revealed his upcoming project to be a movie titled "Killing Old People Club."
  • The new film, based on Italian writer Umberto Eco's works about an intergenerational war, is expected to be even more violent and controversial than Hwang’s Netflix series global sensation.
  • Season 2 of "Squid Game" is expected to be released by the end of 2024.

“Squid Game” director Hwang Dong-hyuk has revealed his upcoming project following a successful awards season: “Killing Old People Club,” or “K.O. Club.”

With the 25-page treatment already prepared for “K.O. Club,” the director is preparing to create a film not only “more violent” than “Squid Game” but also more controversial. The film is reportedly based on “an intergenerational war” in which the old and young are pitted against one another.

The Weeknd teases new music video featuring ‘Squid Game’ actor Jung Ho-Yeon

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  • Singer-songwriter The Weeknd teased his fans with a shot of his upcoming music video featuring Jung Ho-yeon.
  • In the photo, the two are seen holding hands in the elevator while a separate set of hands appear to be prying the doors open from the outside.
  • The full video is expected to be released next Tuesday.

Next up for Jung Ho-yeon on her conquest of the global entertainment industry is a music video appearance with five-time Grammy award-winning artist The Weeknd. 

On Thursday, the Canadian singer-songwriter teased fans on Instagram with a shot from the upcoming music video for “Out of Time,” the third single on his latest album “Dawn FM.” The Weeknd is seen in the photo clasping Jung’s hand in an elevator, as she looks up at him, smiling. A separate set of hands appear to be prying open the elevator doors from the outside. 

‘Squid Game’ creator teases Jung Ho-yeon could return as Player 067’s twin in Season 2

  • At the Producers Guild of America Awards on Saturday, “Squid Game” creator Hwang Dong-hyuk teased fans with a hint of what might happen next.
  • On whether much of the cast would make a return in Season 2, Hwang replied with a laugh before saying, “No, because most of them are dead.”
  • But he doesn’t completely shut down the idea, pointing to Jung Ho-yeon and suggesting her character Kang Sae-byeok may have a twin sister.
  • Hwang announced the second season in November last year, later adding that it would follow Seong Gi-hun’s quest to solve the unanswered questions left from the first round of the Games.

Season 1 of the deadly survival game series “Squid Game” had only one contestant come out on top, with the rest killed off in a number of ruthless, heart-wrenching scenes – or were they? 

On the red carpet of the PGA Awards on Saturday, the show’s creator Hwang Dong-hyuk spoke to Deadline about whether fans might see the return of their favorite cast members in the next season. Hwang replied with a laugh, “No, because most of them are dead.” 

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