‘Squid Game’ Director Hwang Dong-Hyuk Will Face Umberto Eco Novel


Hwang’s follow-up, which is sure to be controversial, will draw inspiration from the work of mind-bending Italian novelist Umberto Eco.

“Squid Game” director Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed during a session at MipTV, as reported by Variety, that his next film will be called “Killing Old People Club” and will be adapted from the work of the mind-blowing Italian novelist Umberto Eco. Hwang said he has already written a 25-page treatment, and the feature will be “another controversial film” and “more violent than ‘Squid Game'”.

The director joked that he might have to hide from old people after the film’s release. In the meantime, Hwang is returning to South Korea to write “Squid Game” Season 2 for Netflix, with an estimated release date of late 2024.

And Hwang counts his favorite compliment as something Steven Spielberg said to him at the AFI Awards luncheon. “Steven Spielberg said to me, ‘I watched your whole show in three days and now I want to steal your brain! ‘” the Netflix showrunner said. “It was like the biggest compliment I’ve ever received in my life because he’s my movie hero. I grew up watching his movies.

“Squid Game” was originally intended to be a feature film and had been in the works for more than 10 years after Hwang wrote the script in 2009. “I knew that maybe in the near future the right time for this time to hardware,” he added. . “I waited and waited, and I made like three feature films [in the meantime].”

Hwang continued, “When I showed it to my producer, she said, ‘Yeah, you have to do it in the United States, for example, in a foreign country, not in Korea, because it’s more like a show. global.

Hwang pitched “Squid Game” as a movie to Netflix after the streamer launched in South Korea in 2016. The creator previously told IndieWire that the concept was “not realistic at the time” because it was ” too weird” and would not be a financial success as a movie.

“It was violent and there would be ratings issues and the target audience would shrink,” Hwang said. “But 10 years have passed and for Netflix, their distribution system is different from movies; they have fewer restrictions, so I was able to make this movie my way and felt less pressure about those issues.

The nine-episode series premiered on Netflix in September 2021, with “Squid Game” taking on new meaning following Donald Trump’s tenure as President of the United States. “I think he looks a bit like one of the Squid Game VIPs,” Hwang told IndieWire. “It’s almost like he’s running a game show, not a country, like giving people horror. After all this trouble happened, I thought it was time for this show to come out in the world.

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