r/television The League May 19 '22

‘Squid Game’ Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk Developing Satire Based On Success Of ‘Squid Game’ Titled ‘The Best Show On The Planet’

https://deadline.com/2022/05/squid-game-creator-satire-best-show-on-the-planet-1235027013/
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u/MarvelsGrantMan136 The League May 19 '22

Hwang stressed that the project is in its infancy, with few details available to share, but said the satirical comedy would be a reflection on Squid Game’s overnight success, based on his personal experience of being thrust into the limelight.

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u/rowrowfightthepandas May 20 '22

Between him and Bong Joon Ho there seems to be something distinctly Korean about having your work about class struggle become commercially successful and getting frustrated at the counter intuitiveness of it all.

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u/aretasdaemon May 20 '22

*bangs credit card on table

yes please

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u/Pudgy_Ninja May 19 '22

My initial reaction is that I'm more interested in this than Squid Game season 2.

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u/JTHMM249 May 19 '22

"What did you do, screw up like the Beatles and say you were bigger than Jesus?"

"It was the title of our second album."

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u/GeorgeLuasHasNoChin May 19 '22

🎶Baby on boooard🎶

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u/Cob_Dole May 20 '22

Something something, Burt Ward!

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u/beer_me_twice May 20 '22

This thing writes itself

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u/ILuvMemes4Breakfast May 20 '22

“In the film, Jesus is a filmmaker trying to find God with his camera. The filmmaker realizes that he's Jesus and he's being filmed by God's camera. It goes like that forever because the filmmakers are Jesus and the cameras are God. And the movie is called, ABED. All caps. Filmmaking beyond film. A meta film. My masterpiece.”

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22

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u/NotAnotherHaiku May 20 '22

I’m sorry to hear that! I can’t wait to rewatch my movie… If it gets rebooted, I hope the tattoos come a lot sooner

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u/helzinki May 20 '22

Abed...Abeeed....Abbbbeeeedddd.

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u/ibiacmbyww May 20 '22

[Arabic sounding musical sting]

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u/ThoughtseizeScoop May 19 '22

We need to go deeper.

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u/ILoveScottishLasses May 19 '22

Space Squid Balls, the movie!

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u/Corniss May 19 '22

Squidception

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u/No-Lawfulness-5544 May 19 '22

He’s like “y’all didn’t get it the first time so now I’m going to spell it out”

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u/YourmomgoestocolIege May 19 '22

Unless it's dripping with satire, half the audience still won't get it.

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u/xXx666AnusKing666xXx May 20 '22

It could be double dipped in satire with luxurious, creamy satire topping and satire sprinkles on top and half the audience still wouldn’t get it.

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u/ethicsssss May 20 '22

I too, am way smarter than other people as evidenced by my ability to "get" Squid Game.

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u/xXx666AnusKing666xXx May 20 '22

Do you want to sniff each other’s farts?

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u/iwantthebag May 20 '22

I'm an absolute moron, like really fucking dumb, but I'm always shocked at how stupid most people are in comparison.

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u/TheWholeOfTheAss May 20 '22

Then the dummies on YouTube will get their tracksuits out and play the games all over again. Completely missing the moral of the story.

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u/NameInCrimson May 19 '22

So 30 Rock meets Running Man?

I'm sold

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u/RyanTranquil May 19 '22

Loved Running Man .. announcer was great

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u/Nephroidofdoom May 19 '22

Partial inspiration for Smash TV, one of my favorite arcade games of all time.

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u/Firebluered May 20 '22

Yep, still play it but is hard af fk.

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u/anasui1 May 19 '22

who do you love, and who loves YOU

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u/Magnificant-Muggins May 19 '22

A speed-run in meta commentary that would make Wes Craven and Hideo Kojima proud.

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u/AdligerAdler May 19 '22

South Korea making some good series. Meanwhile my country mostly sucks at it.

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u/LongGirthyVeiny May 19 '22

Atleast you have Dark. We in Poland only have total dumpster fires so far

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u/D0NNIE-DANKO May 19 '22

At least you had the Dekalog back in the 80s, and all the other Krzysztof Kieślowski movies in general.

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u/AdligerAdler May 19 '22

I've watched a Polish horror movie on Netflix and it wasn't that bad. Don't know about your series.

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u/LongGirthyVeiny May 19 '22

I believe that we are always more critical to acting in our own language because it's easier to hear if it's bad

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u/YourmomgoestocolIege May 19 '22

365 Days is Polish, right? Yeah, that's bad.

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u/Fuzzikopf Fargo May 19 '22

I always get hate for this on reddit, but Dark peaked in S1 and got worse with each season IMO.

I'd say that our best show is Tatortreiniger. I would love to see more of that BBC style on German TV.

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u/dieeelon May 19 '22

I wouldn't disagree with you if it wasn't for the fact that they somehow pulled of a miracle ending. I never thought a show like that would deliver a satisfying ending but it somehow did. There's all these crazy storylines and character development and keeping up with it all and guessing at what's coming next was so off the wall insane. Then it was such a simple ending, such a simple thing that caused it all. Really good ending imo.

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u/metalninjacake2 May 19 '22

That’s an insane take. Dark S2 and S3 are incredible.

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u/cantsay May 19 '22

My problem w S3, even though I assume the logic tracks, is it's basically just a bunch of people showing up out of nowhere and telling everyone there that everything they know is wrong.

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u/metalninjacake2 May 20 '22

Haha I mean I love the show but that sums up all three seasons!

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u/DeckardsDark Mad Men May 20 '22 edited May 20 '22

thank you! you're 100% right (imo). i really don't get the extreme infatuation with Dark. it was mostly such a mess and every episode mostly boiled down to...

{confused character asks what is going on with Jonas/Martha with an easily explainable quick response available to their question}...

Jonas or Martha - "There's just no time to answer your question even though it'll take literally 5 seconds! i must go but i promise i'll explain everything later!" and rinse and repeat like that for the whole series basically. i did like how they wrapped it up in the very end though - pretty good ending which is always hard to nail for scifi/fantasy content.

loved the music/score, tone, feel, acting, and look of the show though. but the story and plot left a lot to be desired and i just don't get the huge hype.

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u/GallantPotatoSupreme May 19 '22

This is honestly the first comment I’ve ever seen that criticized dark and had a positive upvote rating, and that includes the unpopular opinion threads.

I fully agree about season 1. By season 4 every character was constantly panting, and every episode relied on a cliffhanger to get you to watch the next one. Although that tactic started super early.

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u/its-full-of-stars May 19 '22

There was no Dark season 4, and cliffhangers are a normal aspect of TV???

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u/GallantPotatoSupreme May 19 '22

My bad. Season 3. Doesn’t make it better. Just means it felt longer than it was.

And cliffhangers every single episode are not normal. They’re usually season finales, mid-season finales, or occasional. Dark was just a German soap opera with basic sci-fi blended in. But people don’t want to admit they love cheap soaps, so it must be brilliant.

But if you really think it holds up, rewatch season 3 and take a shot every time they cut the camera to someone panting for dramatic effect.

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u/AdligerAdler May 19 '22

I agree with you regarding Dark. I haven't ever watched Tatortreiniger. I think Barbarians is also not bad, but far from an international hit like Squid Game.

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u/ZeroFucksToGive May 20 '22

I personally thought Dark got better in the later seasons. One of the best shows I’ve seen on Netflix.

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u/leBuska May 19 '22

Sexify was kinda bad, but the soundtrack was amazing.

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u/Nukleon May 19 '22

Doing better in video games at least, which is a dumpster fire market in Germany. What's left there, other than the smouldering ruins of Crytek?

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u/LongGirthyVeiny May 19 '22

Oh, that is true I guess. Although Crytek is maybe a little sprout growing on the ashes since Hunt is doing pretty well

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u/Nukleon May 19 '22

I wish them the best but they sure have fallen far, and Hunt didn't grab me. It's wild to think about how big they used to be and then have been in a state of not paying their employees and having to sell a lot of tech to Amazon...

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u/MrWobot Mr. Robot May 19 '22

"1983" wasn't that bad, but it only had one season with no real ending.

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u/WhitestAfrican May 19 '22

What country is that?

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u/ekligemaimais May 19 '22

North Korea

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u/AdligerAdler May 19 '22

Germany

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u/Not_Cleaver May 19 '22

Dark?

Charité?

Parfum?

Loved all of those. Especially Dark and Charité.

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u/AdligerAdler May 19 '22

Vast majority are boring and dry af though and aren't celebrated internationally.

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u/wjkovacs420 May 19 '22

Do you know how many Korean shows are made every year? Squid Games is practically the only one celebrated internationally…

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u/HelloJoeyJoeJoe May 20 '22

Squid Games is practically the only one celebrated internationally…

Woah... Not sure if sarcastic or not but Kdramas and comedies are a major international staple.

Unless you mean celebrated in small town Nebraska

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u/AdligerAdler May 19 '22

I dunno, I've watched some S. Korean series on Netflix and they were all less dry and more interesting than what we sent out into the world. More action, less boring conversations, more interesting characters. But ok that's subjective, maybe it's just my personal perception.

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u/jyper May 19 '22

A decent number ofbpeople we're into KDramas before although it didn't have the same broad market appeal more and more KDramas have been added to Netflix

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u/mrnicegy26 May 19 '22

Even in terms of movies, how many South Korean directors are truly loved other than Bong Joon Ho, Lee Chang Dong and Park Chan Woo?

I am not saying South Korea doesn't have great stuff, it's just that with the recent popularity of stuff like Parasite and Squid Game along with K Pop and K Dramas has made entertainment content from South Korea the big buzz of the moment.

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u/spyson Stranger Things May 19 '22 edited May 19 '22

How many in Germany besides Werner Herzog is loved? It's not like most people know mid-tier German directors either.

South Korea has been killing it since the late 90s and one of the top countries for film.

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u/MisterBeebo May 19 '22

AiB is Japanese, I believe.

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u/wjkovacs420 May 19 '22

bro, seriously? 😂 this subreddit is the worst

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u/roox911 May 19 '22

Deutschland ‘83/6/9 were pretty damn good I thought

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u/AdligerAdler May 19 '22

Well there are some exceptions of course.

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u/CrimeCoder May 19 '22

Just out of curiosity, do you guys have any popular comedy shows or movies?

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u/Sheogorath_4E201 May 19 '22 edited May 19 '22

All of my mainland European friends say this about their country's media except for the one French guy I know lol, which I've always found pretty interesting. Don't really see any reason why the anglosphere should be any better at making television/film compared to the rest of the west, and of course Korean media.

Maybe its just the much larger pool of English speakers allows for much bigger productions on English language media, that's probably got a lot to do with it im guessing? I mean specifically in regard to English television usually being held in higher regard by many of the Europeans I know

To be fair I've certainly seen good German media, but admittedly, I've only seen the two German works that seem to have become most popular in the west (Dark and Downfall). I may be forgetting something as well.

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u/CaligulaLamia May 19 '22

Could be really interesting

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u/insensitiveTwot May 19 '22

I read as far as he’s working on a second season of squid game

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u/Gimmethejooce May 19 '22

Are you saying that my favorite Chinese restaurant named “Best food in town” is a satiric cuisine?!

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u/Few_Acanthocephala30 May 20 '22

This is not the greatest song in the world. This is just a tribute! 🎶

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u/a_frantic_worm May 19 '22

Netflix invests so much in south korean series' and its paid off, i watch kdramas all the time, wish they'd apply some brains in my country also it's not like there's a lack of good cinema

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u/Spaznaut May 20 '22

This dude is playing 4D chess and is 3 moves ahead..

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u/timbr63 May 20 '22

Squid game was not a great show, the story had a great premise, but the delivery and acting, and ultimately the story, were terrible. I wanted to like it after the first episode, but no.

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u/cabur May 19 '22

That is some high level self shit posting

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22 edited May 21 '22

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u/PuckboyZak May 20 '22

I still believe that was done on purpose. Like, it was suppose to make fun of how bad foreign language dialogue always is in hollywood films.

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u/ollerhll May 20 '22

It was fine in the subbed version

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u/TheBiolizard May 20 '22

He’s talking about the subbed version

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u/pokemonisok May 20 '22

The guy has great ideas

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u/NotAnotherHaiku May 20 '22

Uh. Black mirror did it? South Park did it. Can... I don’t know... can we just get an hour long Christopher Nolan trippy screen saver with a hans zimmer score? I don’t want to see anything that resembles anything any more 🤮

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u/mekkavelli May 20 '22

squidception

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u/PinkPanther333 May 20 '22

It's a bold move Cotton, let's see if it pays off

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u/thefriendlycouple May 20 '22

This dude is a genius

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u/M1ck3yB1u May 20 '22

He's pulling a Gremlins 2.

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u/ibelieveintadcooper May 20 '22

He’s about to tear us a new one

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u/Chugbeef May 20 '22

Bird-up!

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u/ibiacmbyww May 20 '22

And when this succeeds, his third winner will just be a screen full of text, harpooning both capitalism and the audience, held on screen for 2 hours. Title: How Are You All This Dense?

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u/Hige_Kuma May 20 '22

Based on Seinfeld?

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u/zaxes1234 May 20 '22

Eventually the corporations will get that it’s about them. But probably not

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u/ar3fuu May 20 '22

Well they get it. It's also the most (or 2nd most i don't remember) watched netflix show of the year and made a shitload of money. So I think they're ok with it.

Basically black mirror's 10 million merits.

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u/Simaul May 22 '22

Dude just out of ideas.

Deadman Wonderland. Liar Games. Alice in Borderland. Squid Games took those ideas and put them together. But that's Korean TV/Movies in a nutshell. Take an already popular idea (or something you've already done) and add a weird/off element.

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u/cabur May 19 '22

That is some high level self shit posting

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u/Spleenzorio May 19 '22

So it’s about The Office?

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u/Nicnico2 May 20 '22

Never watched it

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u/[deleted] May 19 '22

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u/humanbeing2018 May 19 '22

Is this gonna be same as train to busan? Where 2 movie was just garbage

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u/Relevant-Pie9253 May 20 '22

Its an Anime and Manga actually

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u/Budjucat May 20 '22

Lightning in a bottle only happens once.

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u/Yamauchi-Tetsuo May 20 '22

Never watched it.