Korean thriller Squid Game continues to flex its muscles on the international scene with its gripping storyline, making it the first K-drama to top the Netflix charts in the U.S.
It also outperformed other non-English series such as Money Heist and Lupin.
“It’s quite tiring just thinking about it.”
Naturally, those who completed the series have been clamouring for a sequel to answer some of their burning questions surrounding the show.
However, Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk shocked fans by saying that there are currently no plans to give the show a second season in an exclusive interview with Variety.
I don’t have well developed plans for Squid Game 2. It’s quite tiring just thinking about it.”
He also said that producing Squid Game was a long and exhausting journey and not something he wishes to repeat.
I’m not great at teamwork. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors.”
Hwang, who is also the director of acclaimed movies such as My Father (2007) and Silenced (2011), said he took six months just to write the first and second episode of Squid Game.
Addressing plagiarism accusations
Squid Game was recently accused of plagiarising other survival genre films such as The Hunger Games, Battle Royale, and most notably the 2014 Japanese film As the Gods Will.
Although Hwang admitted to have had great inspiration from Japanese comics and animation, he flatly denied the claims by showing his notes for Squid Game, which he worked on since 2008.
When I started, I was in financial straits myself and spent much time in cafes reading comics including ‘Battle Royale’ and ‘Liar Game’.
“But I found the games too complex, and for my own work focused instead on using kids’ games,” he said.
Let’s hope Hwang changes his mind soon so that we will be able to find the answers we’ve been looking for in Squid Game Season 2!