Korean filmmakers always have interesting and fresh ideas. ‘Oldboy’ became a modern cinema classic quickly, and Bong Joon-ho is one of the best directors of international cinema, having directed ‘Snowpiercer’ starred by Chris Evans and won Cannes’ Palme d’Or this year with ‘Parasite’.
Netflix knows Korea has a lot of creative talent to explode and is getting on it. ‘The Crucible’ director Hwang Dong-hyuk stroke a deal with the streaming service to make a Korean mystery drama called ‘Round Six’.
‘Round Six’ will be the company’s newest Asian original show and will follow a group of people who fail at life for many different reasons and receive a mysterious invitation to partake in a survival game where the winner gets ten million American dollars as a price. The game takes place at a location they don’t know, and they are locked up in the place until there is a winner.
The story uses popular Korean children games from the 70s and 80s, such as squid game, which is a kind of tag game where two teams use a squid-shaped board that is drawn in the dirt. It promises to exploit the nostalgia of its Korean viewers in its own unique, wicked way.
“I’m already thrilled at the prospect of introducing Round Six to a global audience through Netflix. I also have high expectations for the great collaborative work I’ll be having with them,” said the showrunner.
Director Hwang Dong-hyuk films have seen plenty of success. He recently directed and wrote ‘The Fortress’, which earned him an award for Best Screenplay at the Blue Dragon Film Awards in his home country.
We still don’t know anything about the cast or release date. Let’s hope we have news soon.