Netflix has hit back at a report in British tabloid The Sun about the conditions on its upcoming “Squid Game: The Challenge” reality show. The non-scripted competition series has been filming at Cardington Studios in Bedford in the UK, where temperatures have reportedly dropped to below freezing during the day.
According to the paper, at least one contestant had to be taken away using a stretcher after playing the first of the games – Red Light, Green Light – in which they had to remain motionless for hours in temperatures as low as -3C/27F to win. Others reportedly said they experienced frostbite and felt unwell.
456 contestants have been lured from around the world for a $4.56 million cash prize in a format that recreates real-life versions of the games played in the first season of the South Korean scripted series sensation “Squid Game” – albeit these versions aren’t lethal.
Netflix and producers Studio Lambert and The Garden have issued a statement (via Deadline) in regards to the British press reports, saying:
“While it was very cold on set – and participants were prepared for that – any claims of serious injury are untrue. We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew and invested in all the appropriate safety procedures.”
Hundreds were eliminated from the competition in that first round, with those who made it to the next round staying in bunk beds at the studio that are akin to those in the scripted series. Filming is understood to be continuing into next month.
The project is separate from Hwang Dong-hyuk’s “Squid Game” scripted series which is getting a second season that’s due to arrive likely sometime next year.