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Squid Game Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk Revealed He Was NOT Getting A Bonus From Netflix

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Netflix confirmed earlier this month that the wildly popular Korean series Squid Game was the streaming service’s biggest show ever… but that didn’t make series creator/writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk any richer.

The series, which follows a group of randomly selected indebted strangers chosen to compete in deadly games for a shot at a huge prize, was watched by a record 111 million subscribers, easily beating Bridgerton as the biggest Netflix show. .

Hwang, 50, who wrote and directed all nine episodes of Squid Game, was asked in an interview with The Guardian if he is now as rich as the game’s winning contestant, which he laughed, revealing that Netflix hasn’t given him any bonuses. .

Creator of Squid Game: Netflix confirmed earlier this month that the wildly popular Korean series Squid Game was the streaming service’s biggest show ever… but that didn’t make creator/writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk richer

Biggest Show: The series, which follows a group of randomly selected debt-riddled strangers chosen to compete in deadly games for a shot at a huge prize, was watched by a record 111 million subscribers, easily beating Bridgerton as the biggest Netflix -show

Biggest Show: The series, which follows a group of randomly selected debt-riddled strangers chosen to compete in deadly games for a shot at a huge prize, was watched by a record 111 million subscribers, easily beating Bridgerton as the biggest Netflix -show

‘I’m not that rich. But I 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,” Hwang said.

Leaked documents revealed that the show cost 15.5 million pounds ($21.28 million) to produce, which works out to 1.75 million pounds ($2.4 million) per episode.

Netflix now estimates that more than 142 million subscribers have watched the show, with the show accounting for 4.4 million new subscribers, and the show itself is estimated to be worth £650 million ($892.2 million) for Netflix as a whole.

Not so rich: 'I'm not that rich.  But I 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,

Not so rich: ‘I’m not that rich. But I 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,” said Hwang

Value: Netflix now estimates that more than 142 million subscribers have watched the show, with the show accounting for 4.4 million new subscribers, and the show itself is valued at 650 million pounds ($892.2 million) for Netflix as a whole

Value: Netflix now estimates that more than 142 million subscribers have watched the show, with the show accounting for 4.4 million new subscribers, and the show itself is valued at 650 million pounds ($892.2 million) for Netflix as a whole

Hwang also revealed that writing and directing each episode was such a stressful ordeal that he even lost six teeth during production.

“It was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. I kept coming up with new ideas and revising the episodes while we were filming, so the amount of work increased,” Hwang said.

He also revealed that the original series was inspired by his own family’s financial difficulties following the 2009 global economic collapse.

Stressful: Hwang also revealed that writing and directing each episode was such a stressful ordeal that he even lost six teeth during production.

Stressful: Hwang also revealed that writing and directing each episode was such a stressful ordeal that he even lost six teeth during production.

“I was in serious financial trouble because my mother retired from the company where she worked,” said Hwang.

He added that he was working on a film but didn’t get funding: “So I couldn’t work for about a year. We had to take out loans – my mother, myself and my grandmother.’

During this low point, he sought solace in the strip cafes in Seoul, where he read classics like Battle Royal and Liar Game.

Financially: 'I was in serious financial trouble because my mother retired from the company where she worked,' says Hwang.

Financially: ‘I was in serious financial trouble because my mother retired from the company where she worked,’ says Hwang.

“I was in touch with the people inside them, who were desperate for money and success. That was a low point in my life,” Hwang said.

“If there really were such a survival game, I wondered, would I join it to earn money for my family? I realized that being a filmmaker I could put my own spin on these kinds of stories, so I started on the script,” he added.

Squid Game was released on September 17, with Hwang revealing its goal was to become the #1 TV show on Netflix… for just one day.

Low point: 'I was in touch with the people inside them, who were desperate for money and success.  That was a low point in my life,' said Hwang

Low point: ‘I was in touch with the people inside them, who were desperate for money and success. That was a low point in my life,’ said Hwang

“But it ended up being much more successful, the most-watched show on Netflix ever,” he said.

‘It’s very surprising. It shows that the global audience resonates with the message I wanted to convey,” Hwang added.

Hwang added that there is talk of a second season, although he is not sure yet if it will happen.

Most watched: 'But it became much more successful, the most watched show on Netflix ever,' he said

Most watched: ‘But it became much more successful, the most watched show on Netflix ever,’ he said

‘Of course there is talk. That’s inevitable, because it’s such a success. I’m considering it,” he said.

Still… even if there’s a sequel, it won’t come anytime soon, because he has other things he wants to work on.

‘I have a very high-quality image in my head, but I’m not going to start working on it right away. There’s a movie I really want to make. I’m figuring out what to do first. I’m going to talk to Netflix,” he said.

Follow-up conversation: 'Of course there is talk.  That's inevitable, because it's such a success.  I'm considering it,

Follow-up conversation: ‘Of course there is talk. That’s inevitable, because it’s such a success. I’m considering it,” he said

Other stuff: still... even if there's a sequel it won't come anytime soon, because he has other stuff he wants to work on

Other stuff: still… even if there’s a sequel it won’t come anytime soon, because he has other stuff he wants to work on

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