A scene from the Netflix hit, Squid Game.
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DUBAI – The writer and director behind “Squid Game” has revealed facts what fans don’t know about the global Netflix hit.
In an interview with CNN Film School, director Hwang Dong-hyuk said the movie is based on the games of his childhood in South Korea.
“I feel like I’ve become BTS. It’s as though I’ve created a ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘Star Wars’ franchise,” he said. The film has reached number one in 90 countries, including the US.
Released in September, Squid Game is about 456 debt-ridden contestants battling it out in a deadly series of children’s games.
The main characters Seong Gi-hun and Cho Sang are based on his old friends. He also named them after his friends. He calls the characters his “inner clones”.
He explained that they “represent the two sides of me”. Hwang was raised by a single mother, like Gi-hun.
Hwang said he conceptualized the movie more than ten years ago, but that people shrugged it off as being “too strange.. too distanced from reality”.
“Now people are saying if the games existed, I think I would play. Or this game must secretly exist somewhere in the world already,” he said.
Hwang said that filming was so intense that he lost six teeth because of stress. But he is open creating a second season. Watch the full CNN interview here
Mastermind behind Squid Game reveals facts you don’t know about the Netflix hit
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