Squid game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk is very happy from his office in Seoul. The creator of Squid Game, Netflix’s smash hit show, have his astonishing success that made him rich.
In the dystopian survival drama, a mysterious organisation contests 456 players from all walks of life – each deeply in debt – to play a series of children’s games.
It’s either win while they go home with 4.6bn won (£28m). Lose and they get a bullet in the head.
Maybe Hwang is now as very rich. Is it like the contestant who wins the top prize? “I’m not that rich,” he says.
“But I do have enough. I have enough to put food on the table. And it’s not like Netflix is paying me a bonus. Netflix paid me according to the original contract,” he added.
That appears like unreasonable. After all, the 50-year-old South Korean film-maker has made hundreds of millions for his paymasters.
Squid Game initial this month surpassed Bridgerton as the most prosperous Netflix show ever.
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According to leaked papers, the nine-episode run cost £15.5m to produce, which operates at £1.75m per instalment. Its return on that has been incredible.
The series, which Netflix rates has been followed by 142m households and improved its subscriber figures by 4.4m, thought to be worth £650m to the streaming service.
Possibly the Squid game creator Hwang should have mediated a performance-related clause, particularly as creating, writing and directing it caused him so much stress that he lost six teeth in the process.
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“It was physically, mentally and emotionally draining. I kept having new ideas and revising the episodes as we were filming so the amount of work multiplied,” he added.
The concept for Squid Game came out of Hwang’s family situation in 2009, after the global financial catastrophe that strike his fatherland hard.
“I was very financially straitened because my mother retired from the company she was struggling for. There was a film I was toiling on but we failed to get finance. So I couldn’t work for about a year. We had to take out loans – my mother, myself and my grandmother,” said the Squid game creator.