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Cult drama Squid Game will return for a second series – despite much of the first season’s cast being culled.
Netflix boss Ted Sarandos told investors the Korean survival drama series will become a huge franchise for the streaming service.
"Absolutely,” he said. “The Squid Game universe has begun."
Sarandos shared the news amid speculation about the future of the series, following indications from cast members and creator Hwang Dong-hyuk that it would be back.
A move for more Squid Game comes after Netflix crowned the international phenomenon as its biggest and most popular original series ever.
The streamer said last fall that in the first 28 days of release since its September debut, it had reached 111 million fans.
At a November event celebrating Squid Game’s success, Hwang indicated that he was already working on a plan for a sophomore season.
He said: “Season 2, I’m in the middle of brainstorming. After this huge success, we’ve got to do something about season 2.
“I feel like a lot of expectations have been built up, so it’s going to be tough to meet them.”
Squid Game follows 456 indebted participants who are locked into a secret location where they play deadly games in order to win millions.
Hwang confirmed that breakout star Lee Jung-jae will be back as the main character Seong Gi-hun.
The show follows a group of 456 people chosen to partake in a series of bizarre and deadly games for a chance at winning billions.
The first season ended with quite the natural lead-in for a second season, with Gi-hun going on a quest to figure out who's running this sadistic game, instead of seeing his daughter in Los Angeles.
Squid Game also made history by becoming the first non-English-language TV series to be nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, with four nominations in total.
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Jung-jae recently shared his own hopes for his character, saying that he wants Squid Game's newest chapter to be unpredictable.
He teased: "I have no idea what will happen or the scale of it, but the only thing [Hwang] did tell me was that Seong Gi-hun is going to be in the show again, and he's going to be playing in the arena again."
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