Netflix is defending the conditions on the set of its new reality series “Squid Game: The Challenge”.
The sun first reported that some contestants needed medical assistance during filming a game of “Red Light, Green Light” in sub-zero conditions during an ongoing cold snap in the UK In-game, players are required to progress towards a finish line but stand still while a camera (aka the eyes of a huge creepy robotic doll) faces them.
A contestant who spoke to The Sun described “warzone conditions” during the series’ first day of production on Monday.
Wednesday, The variety reported that “fewer than five players” received medical assistance on set, including one who injured his shoulder after accidentally hitting a wall. The others were treated for “mild ailments,” according to the outlet.
The new reality game features “456 real gamers” who will “enter the game in search of a life-changing $4.56 million reward,” according to a Netflix press release.
“As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original series – plus surprising new additions – their strategies, alliances and character will be put to the test as competitors are eliminated around them,” the statement said.
One player told The Sun that entrants endured harsh conditions to win the mega prize.
“Even if hypothermia happened, people were ready to stay as long as possible because there was a lot of money at stake. Too many people were determined not to move, so they stayed there way too long,” said the contestant.
The player continued: “People were being transported by doctors but we couldn’t say anything. If you talk, you’re out. Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was too cold.
Netflix denied to Variety that people had to be removed from set on stretchers, as other outlets had reported. “Although it was very cold on set – and the contestants were prepared for it – any claims of serious injury are false,” Netflix and series co-producers Studio Lambert and The Garden said.
“We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew, and have invested in all appropriate safety procedures,” the statement read.
Netflix did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for further details.
Set in a dystopian society, the original “Squid Game” series depicts a secret contest where 456 players, all strapped for cash, risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games for the chance to win a grand prize. price. 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. He was officially renewed for season 2 on the titan streaming in June.