Squid Game was the first Korean drama to hit No.1 on Netflix and did it in just four days after its release. According to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and Head of Content, “Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure,” and has “a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.”
Netflix typically measures the popularity of its shows based on how many people click and watch the title for at least two minutes as well as the total amount of time it was streamed, taking into consideration the first 28 days following the debut. As the series was released on September 17, it only has 11 days of viewership so far. Currently, the most popular series is Bridgerton, followed by Lupin at number 2. The full list of shows can be found here.
In an interview with Variety, Dong-Hyuk Hwang says he may return to produce feature movies before making the sequel to Squid Game. “If I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors,” said Hwang. The director is currently working on drafting a film titled KO Club, short for “Killing Old Men Club,” a film depicting an inter-generational war of sorts.
Squid Game might become the most popular show on Netflix?!?! That is kind of insane?!!
— bora 🍃 (slow) (@modooborahae) September 28, 2021
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