Squid Game (Netflix): David Fincher at the helm of a remake of the Korean series?

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Director David Fincher is reportedly in full development of the cult Korean series.

Director David Fincher is reportedly in full development of the cult Korean series.

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From one remake to another

Originally, the director of Seven, Zodiac And Fight Club knew what project he had to do after his film The Killer : a series adaptation of the classic Chinatown (by Roman Polanski, released in 1974 with Jack Nicholson), which he developed with his original screenwriter Robert Towne.

The scripts were written and the casting already decided (Tom Pelphrey and Gary Oldman). But the release of Squid Game in 2021 came to turn everything upside down, and the filmmaker apparently changed his mind to focus on a remake of the Korean series, destined for Netflix.

Director David Fincher.

Director David Fincher.

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According to The Playlist, “Fincher has been working discreetly on Squid Game for two years”in collaboration with author and screenwriter Dennis Kelly (Utopia). While this information should of course be taken with a grain of salt, it is nevertheless corroborated by the new three-year contract signed between the director and the streaming service.

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For its part, Netflix has intelligently avoided commenting on these rumors for several months. Ted Sarandos, its co-CEO, declared last February: “Given that the main series is still ongoing, there is no justified reason for Netflix to do a remake.”

The Squid Game series could soon be entitled to an English remake.

The Squid Game series could soon be entitled to an English remake.

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What is certain is that the platform intends to make the phenomenon flourish. Squid Game. Released in September 2021, the series had accumulated 1.65 billion hours of viewing in just 28 days. A record that has not been equaled since because it still remains Netflix's most popular series.

While a video game is in preparation and a reality TV was released last November, the highly anticipated season 2 of the show should arrive at the end of the year. The story will follow Gi-hun as he abandons his plans to go to the United States and embarks on a single-minded hunt against the game's designers.

  • Watch the teaser for Squid Game season 2 :

With or without a remake by David Fincher, the universe of Squid Game has therefore not finished growing, and is establishing itself as one of Netflix's future big franchises.

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