From the stage of MIPTV in Cannes, Monday 4 April the Korean director Hwang Dong-hyuk talks about his next projects. “I’m not usually one who designs my own work,” says the author catapulted into the global television firmament following the debut of Squid Gamethe blockbuster Netflix series that last fall became the most viewed title on the platform in its history.
“However, today many things have changed, and so I am forced to give myself deadlines, which bothers me,” Hwang added, jokingly confessing that he is “terrified”To the idea of getting to work on writing next season. “When I return to Korea after this trip to Europe I’ll get to work on Squid Game and the thought keeps me awake at night“ Hwang told the audience he tells at the Palais des Festival in Cannes – including Tvserial.it – during the meeting entitled “Squid Game The Interview” which he held together with Ji-yeon Kimproducer of Squid Game and CEO of Siren, the production company that made the series on behalf of Netflix.
From left: Ji-yeong (Lee Yoo-mi) and Kang Sae-byeok (Jung Ho-yeon) in a scene from “Squid Game”. Credits: Youngkyu Park / Netflix.
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“I count on having the second season ready by the end of 2024, it will be the next project that I will get to work on ”revealed Hwang Dong-hyuk, confirming that i new episodes of Squid Game will not be released until the next two years on Netflix. Meanwhile, the Korean director already has his eyes on his next story.
“It’s called Killing Old People Club and it’s a film, at the moment we are still in the preliminary stages of the project”Confessed Hwang Dong-hyuk. “This is a film about elderly people being killed. After Squid Game, this story will also be controversial because of the violence it tells “, said the director, who admitted that he drew inspiration from an essay by Umberto Ecothe writer, semiotician and academic who passed away in 2016. “I have already written a treatment of the subject of about 25 pagesSaid Hwang, who continued: “I will work on it once the second season of Squid Game is over.”