Netflix's wildly popular Korean survival series Squid Game is officially getting a second season.
In an interview with the Associated Press, series creator and writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk confirmed that the streaming platform's megahit thriller is currently in development.
"So there's been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season. So I almost feel like you leave us no choice," Hwang told AP. "But I will say there will indeed be a second season. It's in my head right now. I'm in the planning process currently. But I do think it's too early to say when and how that's going to happen."
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Details about the series' upcoming season remain scant as of this writing. Hwang, however, promised fans that the show's main protagnist, Seong Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-jae), "will return in Season 2 and will do something for the world."
After the show's maiden season ended in a cliffhanger, fans have been clamoring for a second season. However, Hwang previously told Entertainment Weekly that the first season was left open-ended because of the "deeper meaning behind it."
"We came to the conclusion that the question that we wanted to propose cannot be done if he left on the plane," Hwang told EW. "The question that we want to answer — why has the world come to what it is now? — can only be answered or can only be proposed if Gi-hun turned back and walked towards the camera. So that's how we ended up with that ending in the finale."
Hwang previously said that it took him 10 years to develop Squid Game, saying that although he completed the script in 2009, he had to shelve the idea and worked on his films such as Silenced (2011), Miss Granny (2014), and The Fortress (2017).
“At the time, it seemed very unfamiliar and violent," he said. "There were people who thought it was a little too complex and not commercial. I wasn’t able to get enough investment and casting was not easy. I dabbled in it for about a year, but I had to put it to sleep then.”
Fortunately, after a decade, the director was finally able to actualize his idea, saying that Netflix gave him the "creative freedom to work as I wanted to."
Netflix earlier revealed that Squid Game has become its biggest ever series at launch, reaching 111 million global fans in its first 17 days on the streaming service, which surpassed Bridgerton's 82 million household views. Additionally, the show was also the first to surpass 100 million viewers in its first 28 days.
First debuted on Sept. 17, the Korean dystopian drama tells the story of 456 contestants who risk their lives in a mysterious survival game for a chance to win 45.6 billion won.