Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk is getting his previous movies added to Netflix.
The streaming giant that hosts the South Korean survival series will also include some of Hwang’s earlier work after the success of the program, which has become the most-watched series on the platform.
‘Before bringing the visually astounding and socially relevant Squid Game to life, Hwang Dong-hyuk directed several acclaimed South Korean feature films — and now, three of those movies are available on Netflix in The US,’ Netflix tweeted on Wednesday.
A look at the past: Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk is getting three of his previous movies added to Netflix
Squid’s super success: A still from the series Squid Game which has become an international pop culture phenomenon
These include Silence, which was released in 2011. The plotline reads: Amid a multitude of cover-ups, a caring teacher attempts to expose several faculty members who are abusing students at a school for the deaf.
The second movie is 2014’s Miss Granny, with a description that read: ‘After learning she’s being sent to a retirement home, an elderly widow wanders into a photo studio, where she emerges as her 20-year-old self.’
The third and final offering is 2017’s The Fortress, which the streamer writes: ‘When Qing forces attack the Joseon kingdom in the 17th century, King Injo and his retainers hold their ground at Namhansanseong, a historical mountain fortress.’
This development comes after the TV show – which stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo and HoYeon Jung- that critiques capitalism has generated $891 million in ‘impact value’ to Netflix, which translates to over 4.4 million new subscribers.
Banking on it: The streaming giant that hosts the South Korean survival series will also add some of Hwang’s earlier work after the success of the program, which has become the most-watched series on the platform
Making it known: A tweet was shared to the streaming service’s official Twitter account on Wednesday to announce the news about the films
Solid lineup: The service will host Silenced, Miss Granny and The Fortress, which were released in 2011, 2014 and 2017, respectively
The 50-year-old showrunner has previously said that Squid Game hasn’t made him particularly rich, despite its phenomenal success.
He told The Guardian: ‘I’m not that rich. But I do have enough. I have enough to put food on the table. And it’s not like Netflix is paying me a bonus. Netflix paid me according to the original contract.’
Hwang also said the show is based on his own experiences.
He explained: ‘I was very financially straitened because my mother retired from the company she was working for. There was a film I was working on but we failed to get finance. So I couldn’t work for about a year.’
Nothing major: The 50-year-old showrunner has previously said that Squid Game hasn’t made him particularly rich, despite its phenomenal success; he is pictured in 2013
The filmmaker went on to express that his family was subsequently placed into dire financial straits as a result of the project.
‘We had to take out loans – my mother, myself and my grandmother,’ he recalled.
The director then spoke about Squid Game’s grueling production process, which occurred throughout much of last year.
‘It was physically, mentally and emotionally draining. I kept having new ideas and revising the episodes as we were filming so the amount of work multiplied,’ he said.
Taking a risk: The filmmaker went on to express that his family was subsequently placed into dire financial straits as a result of the project
Dong-hyuk also discussed the inspirations behind the show and spoke about reading comic books that featured characters that were forced into harsh situations for financial gain.
He stated that he ‘related to the people in them, who were desperate for money and success. That was a low point in my life. If there was a survival game like these in reality, I wondered, would I join it to make money for my family?’
The filmmaker was notably in the process of lobbying Netflix to release the three features at the time of the interview’s publication.