Would you like to play Squid Game? At least, would you like to experience the Squid Game concept without the dying-horribly part?
The opportunity is now being offered to British fans of the record-breaking Netflix hit, in the guise of a competition called Squid Game Live, which is a new concept of competitive challenges at a mystery location in which entrants could win, well, not a life-changing amount of money, but a prize of £500.
The poverty-stricken contestants in the Netflix series are competing for a vast winner-takes-all sum but the price of taking part is that they will all die, apart from the winner.
While Squid Game is horrific and thrilling at the same time, Squid Game Live will be a somewhat less deadly activity, according to Universal Ents creative director Max Fox.
As well, contestants will have to sign mental health disclosures in order to take part in the psychological and physical challenges.
"We want to make sure our experiences are safe, but still as riveting as the games seen on the Netflix smash Squid Game, but due to the violent nature of the hit show, we want to be cautious that the events don’t attract unstable people,” he told LADbible.
“This is a pain-free experience. There will be no paintballs, guns or otherwise, but don’t be afraid of getting wet.
“We want to make the games as realistic as possible, without the risk of injury. Some of our games you won’t have seen before, but there needs to be an element of surprise and mystery so people really don’t know what they're letting themselves in for.”
Adding to the suspense, entrants in Squid Game Live will be picked up by coach from a location in Northwest England, where they will be taken to an unpublicised location to take part in the games, which begin on Nov 27.
Meanwhile, in the US there is a growing mania for recreating the Squid Game world in a variety of enterprises, including restaurants, stores and even the Korean Cultural Center in Chicago, which is promoting an event with six game stations next month.
If you would like to take part in Squid Game Live, sign up to the website here.
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.