Netflix denies serious injuries to players of reality series ‘Squid Game’ in sub-zero temperatures

Netflix defends conditions on the set of its new reality series Squid Game: The Challenge.

The sun first reported that some participants needed medical attention during filming a game of ‘red light, green light’ in sub-zero temperatures during a prolonged cold snap in the UK. Game requires players to walk toward a finish line but remain still while a camera (aka the eyes of a giant spooky robotic doll) is trained on them.

A contestant speaking to The Sun described “Warzone conditions” on the series’ first day of production on Monday.

On Wednesday, diversity reported that “fewer than five players” received medical attention on set, including one who injured their shoulder after accidentally hitting a wall. The rest were treated for “minor ailments,” according to the outlet.

The new reality game show features “456 real gamers” who will “join the game to earn a life-changing $4.56 million reward,” according to a Netflix press release.

“As they battle it out through a series of games inspired by the original show — plus surprise new additions — their strategies, alliances, and character will be tested while competitors around them are eliminated,” the publication reads .

One player told The Sun that participants endured harsh conditions to secure the mega prize.

“Even when hypothermia set in, people were willing to stay as long as possible because there was a lot of money at stake. Too many were determined not to move, so they stood there for far too long,” the contestant said.

The player continued: “People were being taken away by paramedics but we couldn’t say anything. If you talk, you’re out. Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was so cold.”

Netflix denied to Variety that people had to be taken off set on stretchers, other outlets have reported. “While it was very cold on set – and the contestants were prepared – any claims of serious injury are false,” Netflix and series co-producers Studio Lambert and The Garden told the outlet.

“We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew and have invested in all proper safety procedures,” the statement said.

Netflix didn’t immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for more details.

Set in a dystopian society, the original Squid Game series features a secret competition in which 456 players, all cash-strapped, risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games in order to win a grand prize. The losers of each round are executed until only one champion remains.

The dark Korean drama made history last summer by becoming the first non-english series be nominated for multiple Emmys. It was official renewed for season 2 on the streaming titan in June.



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