Three people received medical treatment while filming a Squid Game reality show, Netflix has confirmed, but said “claims of serious injuries are not true” after a contestant claimed people were lying on a stretcher.
Squid Game: The Challenge will see 456 contestants compete for a huge cash prize, just like in the hit South Korean fictional drama. The reality show is currently filming at Cardington Studios, a former RAF base in Bedfordshire, UK.
British tabloid The Sun spoke to an unnamed attendee who claimed several people needed medical attention due to the cold temperatures in the studio while taking part in the first game, Red Light, Green Light.
“Even when hypothermia set in, people were willing to stay as long as possible because there was a lot of money at stake,” the anonymous candidate told the Sun. “Too many were determined not to move, so they stood there for far too long.
“People came in thinking they were going to be millionaires, but they left in tears.”
The game Red Light, Green Light consists of running fast to a green traffic light and staying absolutely still and silent when the traffic light changes to red.
“It was like a war zone,” the candidate told the Sun. “People were being taken away by paramedics, but we couldn’t say anything. If you talk, you’re out… You might hear someone yell “medic” and the crew rushed on. We ended up standing there for 30 minutes between takes. Some ended up crawling. At least one was carried out on a stretcher.”
After the reports surfaced, Netflix said three people had been treated for “minor illnesses.”
A spokesman told the BBC that medics were on set at all times and that “all appropriate safety procedures had been invested in”.
“Although it was very cold on set – and the contestants were prepared for it – any claims of serious injury are false,” they said.
In the original drama, 456 contestants compete in deadly versions of children’s games for a huge cash prize. It was widely seen as a critique of capitalism and South Korea’s personal debt crisis. Nine months after launch, Netflix announced it was inviting 456 people to compete for $4.56 million (AUD6.4 million, £3.7 billion) in a reality show version.
Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s vice president of Unscripted and Documentary Series, has called the reality show a “social experiment.”
Squid Game was Netflix’s most-watched program of 2021 and was single-handedly credited with adding 4.4 million new subscribers to the streaming service and pushing the company’s earnings to $1.45 billion ($2.04 million). .AUD, £1.17 billion).