During development Squid Game had a different name
Squid Game has been a huge international hit, and is Netflix’s biggest ever show. Surely, by now, most people in the world know what Squid Game is…
… but they almost didn’t. Netflix staffer Kim Min-young guided the programme through creation, and has been speaking to Hollywood reporter about how they tried changing the title because they didn’t think Squid Game would work:
“Initially, we knew we wanted this show to travel but we were worried the title Squid Game wouldn’t resonate because not many people would get it… We went with the title Round Six instead, wanting it to be more general and helpful for telling people what the show is about – there are six rounds to the game…”
The director, Hwang Dong-hyuk, talked them round: “I think the more authentic title has actually played really well,” Kim explained, “The title, Squid Game, together with the eye-catching artwork, really capture interest within our service – especially for audiences who have never watched a Korean show before but are looking for fun things to watch.
I think we tend to underestimate the curiosity that a lot of our members and audience have. In trying to make it really easy to understand what the show is, we could have made a big mistake. I’m so glad director Hwang steered us back to Squid Game – it sparks curiosity and captures the story so well.”
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