The creator of “Squid Game,” the immensely popular international hit for Netflix, revealed how the financial crisis over the past decade as well as the election of Donald Trump inspired him to make the show.
“Squid Game” follows 456 people who are all in dire financial situations. They’re tapped by a mysterious organization to join a series of six children’s games for a prize of roughly $40 million. However, it quickly becomes apparent that the consequences for losing any of these games are lethal. In addition to its violence and nail-biting drama, the show is a commentary on capitalism and economic disparity between the ultra-rich and the poor.
Filmmaker Hwang Dong-hyuk spoke with IndieWire where he revealed that he originally came up with the idea of “Squid Game,” which he envisioned at the time as a movie, in 2008.
“At the time, there was the Lehman Brothers crisis; the Korean economy was badly affected and I was also economically struggling,” he explained. “Over the past 10 years, there were a lot of issues: There was the cryptocurrency boom, where people around the world, especially young people in Korea, would go all-in and invest all their money into cryptocurrencies. And there was the rise of IT giants like Facebook, Google, and in Korea, there’s Naver, and they are just restructuring our lives. It’s innovative but these IT giants also got very rich.”
However, it wasn’t until he noticed the election of Donald Trump in the U. S. eight years later that he finally became convinced that the world was ready for “Squid Game.”
“And then Donald Trump became the president of the United States and I think he kind… (Read more)