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Director Hwang Dong Hyuk Says He’s New Film Will Be More Violent Than ‘Squid Game’

Squid Game director Hwang Dong Hyuk
Credit: Netflix

Squid Game director Hwang Dong Hyuk said he’s developing Killing Old People Club, a new film inspired by a novel penned by Umberto Eco, the renowned Italian writer and essayist.

During a MipTV interview, Hwang disclosed that he has already written a 25-page proposal for the movie, which will undoubtedly be “another controversial film,” he claimed.

“It’ll be more violent than Squid Game,” the director teased, adding that he might have to hide from old people after the film’s release. K.O. Club is the working title for the project.

The critically acclaimed creator has announced that he will return to South Korea to write the second season of Squid Game, with the show expected to premiere on Netflix before the end of 2024.

Hwang said he met Spielberg at the AFI Awards Luncheon earlier this month. “Steven Spielberg told me, ‘I watched your whole show in three days and now I want to steal your brain!,’ It was like the biggest compliment I ever got in my life because he’s my film hero. I grew up watching his movies.” He added, “When I showed it to my producer, she said ‘yeah, you have to make it in the States, like, in a foreign country, not in Korea, because it’s more like a global show.”

They submitted the feature script to Netflix after they launched the service in South Korea back in 2016 and the streaming company said they “love it.” According to Hwang, Squid Game could only be produced by Netflix since it was “too violent and investors would have been so worried.”

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