It was a dangerous game show.
Netflix is defending its ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ reality series after it got too close to fictional source material – with players allegedly stretched as the set turned into a freezing ‘war zone’.
The scandal erupted as the streaming platform was in the UK secretly filming the highly anticipated game show, based on the hit series of the same name, in which 456 contestants compete for a cash prize of around £4. .5 million dollars. The mercury had dropped to 3 degrees C (26.6 Fahrenheit) during filming, which would have led to player injuries – although Netflix claims that is not the case.
“Although it was very cold on set – and the contestants were prepared for it – any claims of serious injury are false,” Netflix and producers Studio Lambert and the Garden assured the audience in a statement, Deadline reported. “We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew, and have invested in all appropriate safety procedures.”
Their statement was at odds with attendees saying players felt unwell after standing still for hours in freezing weather during a re-enactment of the children’s game ‘Red Light Green Light’, The Sun reported.
“It was like a war zone,” described one dismayed contestant while another claimed “some people couldn’t move their feet because it was so cold.”
“You could hear someone shouting ‘doctor’ and the crew was rushing in,” they added. “We ended up standing for 30 minutes between takes. Some were crawling at the end. At least one was carried out on a stretcher.
Indeed, despite the supposedly appalling conditions, the competitors refused to budge or protest, which is grounds for disqualification, according to the rules of the game.
“Even though the hypothermia kicked in, people were ready to stay as long as possible because there was a lot of money at stake,” said a dismayed contestant. “Too many of them were determined not to move, so they sat there way too long.
They added: “There were people who came in thinking they were going to be millionaires but they left in tears.”
According to the Sun, hundreds of contestants were eliminated in the first round of the “Squid Game”, a show which saw hopefuls come from as far away as Australia and the United States to compete.
Billed as the “greatest reality competition series ever created,” “The Challenge” is a near-perfect “Squid Game” lookalike, from the competitions, from the Spartan bunk beds to the creepy animatronic doll barking orders during “Red Light Greenlight”. .”
Thankfully, unlike “SG,” the contestants don’t die after being eliminated – at least not yet – in the ten-episode series, which is set to resume filming next month.
‘Squid Game’ took the world by storm with [director] The gripping story and iconic imagery of Hwang Dong-hyuk,” Netflix Vice President Brandon Rieg said in a statement this summer. “We are grateful for his support as we transform the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment.”
They were also no doubt hoping to cash in on the massive success of “Squid Game”, which became Netflix’s most-watched program so far with over 142 million viewers.