‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ trailer: 456 real-life contestants compete to win $4.56 million

‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ trailer: 456 real-life contestants compete to win $4.56 million
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Michelle De Pacina
October 24, 2023
Netflix has released the official trailer for “Squid Game: The Challenge,” revealing the first-look into the reality competition show based on the 2021 South Korean hit series “Squid Game.”
About the trailer: The reality show features 456 real players who will compete in pursuit of a $4.56 million grand prize, the largest cash prize in reality TV history. The official trailer promises the comeback of “Squid Game’s” iconic games such as “Red Light, Green Light” with the robot doll, the glass bridge, honeycomb and marble games.
“As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show – plus surprising new additions – their strategies, alliances and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them,” the streaming service stated in a press release. 
About the show: “Squid Game: The Challenge,” which is co-produced by Studio Lambert and The Garden, is executive produced by Nicola Brown, Tim Harcourt, John Hay, Toni Ireland, Anna Kidd, Stephen Lambert, Louise Peet, Nia Yemoh and Stephen Yemoh.
The unscripted show will debut on Netflix on Nov. 22 and will roll out new episodes weekly through Dec. 6. 
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Controversies surrounding the show: Former players have accused the reality competition of being “rigged.” During the production of the show in the U.K., the “Red Light, Green Light” game was reportedly run in below-freezing temperatures, allegedly resulting in at least 10 people collapsing and one being stretchered out.
“They made it seem like we all truly had a fair shot to actually win thiss money. It was already scripted. They already knew the people they wanted in the next round. That’s the part to me that was f*cked up,” one previously told Vice.
However, Netflix and its production partners disputed the claims, noting that they have taken “all the appropriate safety precautions,” including “after care for contestants” and the involvement of an “independent adjudicator” to ensure that each game is “fair to everyone.”
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