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Squid Game, the survival drama show that rocketed to the top of the charts on Netflix, has been recreated by MrBeast and the winner went home with $456,000.
Let’s ponder for a moment on the question: is recreating Squid Game missing the point of the story? Yes. That was easy. I mean, a man has been sentenced to death for smuggling copies of the show into North Korea, while those who purchased it from him will be imprisoned for life. The creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, waited over a decade for his show to be picked up by producers and the original inspiration was the severe financial and psychological decline that individuals suffered following the global economic crisis of 2007 and 2008.
“I feel like the world is gradually moving toward dystopia,” argued Hwang in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “There are more and more people who really don’t dream about the future, and that drives people to want to gamble, to really take it all and put it all on the line and hope for the best. And I think these changes have created an environment where the idea of people putting their life on the line playing children’s games is no longer something that is too absurd.”
Here's Squid Game in Roblox...
If I haven’t hammered the point home at this point in the piece, I’m not sure what else I can tell you. YouTuber Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson spent approximately $3.5 million to build replicas of the arenas shown in the show, like the fake neighbourhood, giant playground, and tug of war set. He had even said in a Tweet that the project was “costing more than I thought it would, but I’m in too deep to stop now.”
There were 456 players, just like the original version, and they were all after the prize of $456,000. Fortunately, MrBeast’s games did not involve any loss of life — the Red Light, Green Light game saw contestants wear a device that popped to stain their shirt with orange dye if they moved after the “Red Light” instruction. Plus, MrBeast was kind enough to adjust a player’s glasses that had slipped down their face while they were running. The only difference was that the final game was a game of musical chairs rather than the deadly glass bridge from the show.
The recreation has gotten over 26 million views on YouTube and praise has poured in from MrBeast’s viewers. “Huge props to the set designers, everything was spot on!” said one.
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