There is a new phenomenon developing on Netflix. Word of mouth is spreading fast around Squid Game as it shapes up to be a watercooler conversation piece with offices re-opening globally.
The series centers on a contest where 456 players, drawn from different walks of life but each deeply in debt, play a set of children’s games with deadly penalties for losing, and the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize (€33 million or US$38 million).
It is written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk who conceived of the idea based on his own economic struggles early in life. It also plays deeply don’t the class disparity and pay gaps within South Korean society.
Netflix started production in 2019 as part of its drive to expand its foreign programming offerings. Hwang wrote and directed all nine episodes himself and Squid Game received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Now the Television Academy has confirmed that Squid Game is indeed eligible for Primetime Emmy consideration after doubts were cast on its eligibility.
The Academy has confirmed that as the series was produced under guidance from Netflix, a US company, and was always intended to be distributed in the United States, it qualifies to enter the Primetime Emmy race. As the show was produced internationally, it is also eligible to enter the International Emmys. However, the rules state it cannot be entered for both so Netflix must make a choice.
Do they double down and go for glory? A breakthrough like Parasite at the Oscars? Or accept that the Academy likes to reward so-called prestige entries that don’t necessarily chime with large numbers of the audience like HBO’s Watchmen and Lovecraft Country.
Look to the SAG Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and Independent Spirit Awards as Netflix likely test the water, according to Variety.
So do you watch Squid Game? Does it make you miss The Running Man? Or are you more of a Hunger Games fan?