- Hwang said Netflix paid him in accordance with his contract even though his show has become the biggest ever on the platform
- Netflix estimated that the show reached about 142 million households and is believed to have made over N350 billion
- The producer is not a fan of other TV shows like Bridgerton, which he cannot relate to since it's been about seven years without being in a relationship
The creator of the biggest TV show on Netflix, Squid Game, has rubbished rumours that the film's success has made him a rich man.
Hwang says he's not that rich, but he does have enough money to put food on the table.
In an interview with The Guardian, the film-maker said Netflix only paid him in accordance with the original contract, and there was no bonus.
This is even after he made millions for the movie streaming platform with the series, which has overtaken Bridgerton as the most successful TV show ever.
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Leaked documents reveal that the show cost about N8.6b to produce, but its returns were over the top as it is believed to be worth over N350 billion.
Netflix also estimates that the show has been watched by about 142 million households and has grown its subscriber figures by about 4.4 million.
Hwang noted how the show's idea came from his situation in 2009 after the global financial crisis that left him and his family financially strained.
He was working on a film at the time but did not get money to finance it and could not work for a year. So he, his mother and grandmother had to take some loans to survive.
He said he started reading about games from comic books and related to the characters, leading to him wondering if he would join the game if it were real. He decided to write a script instead.
Hwang on other TV shows
The producer said he finds it hard to watch other TV shows such as Bridgerton, which he found difficult after the first episode because of the TV romance. He cant relate to it after going seven years without being in a relationship.
He said the only ones he has watched to the end are Breaking Bad and Mind Hunter.
Hwang does not intend on becoming a 'one hit wonder', and even though there is talk about a second Squid Game season, he is not thinking about it right away.
According to him, there is a film he is passionate about making and is also lobbying Netflix to screen three movies he made in the past.
Nigerians play squid game at a party
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some Nigerians took acts involving movie rave of the moment, Squid Game, to an entirely new height.
In an emerging video that caused a commotion on social media, a man in a gown acted the dummy as guests performed Squid Game at a party.
Mixed reactions trailed the video as many found it hilarious, others thought it was a creative way to go.