“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.
According to Hwang, his new film was inspired by the works of Umberto Eco, an Italian writer and philosopher. Korean media outlets have speculated that Eco’s essays “How to Pretend to Understand a Crazy World” and “How Old People Survive” may be the main sources of inspiration. In those works, Eco writes of a world where the elderly are hunted down and removed from society to make room for younger generations. As Woman Chosun points out, these ideas can be seen as starkly similar to the current conflict in South Korea between the young and old.
As “K.O. Club” begins early development, the script for Season 2 of “Squid Game” has also yet to be finished. Hwang said he is headed home to South Korea to tackle writing the highly anticipated second season and hopes it will be released by the end of 2024.