Netflix’s popular show Squid Game script will be edited because phone numbers shown in the series dialled real numbers, leading to what the company described as “unfortunate” prank dials. The Korean drama about a sadistic game, in which players find themselves with no option but to participate in a series of twisted challenges, contains visible phone numbers in multiple scenes (a phone number is also clearly visible in the Squid Game trailer).
Netflix and production company Siren Pictures said they purposefully did not include a complete number and were not aware the number shown would reach a real line.
Netflix has confirmed that the numbers that appear in Squid Game will be edited, adding that it hopes that the change will end the prank calls.
A man who claims to be the owner of the number told a local media outlet that he had been “bombarded” with messages and calls, adding that they had made it difficult to live his life normally. However, it appears as though multiple individuals may have received calls from enthusiast Squid Game viewers.
Netflix did not immediately return a request to clarify whether the series had impacted one or multiple local numbers.
Squid Game has been a massive success for Netflix, becoming the streaming service’s top title in the US as of last week it remained a top title as of this week as well the first Korean series to claim that top spot, according to Netflix. That’s great for the show’s creators and certainly a win for Netflix. It’s probably safe to assume the poor individual(s) receiving prank calls from random Squid Game devotees feel differently, though.
Squid Game is a stark, brutal and dystopian series, presenting people struggling to make ends meet, as they drown in their financial troubles. It might be South Korean, but it has echoed across the world because it’s a dark phenomenon that is present everywhere.
Squid Game, a Hunger Games-like survival show inspired by Korean children’s games, is on its way to becoming the biggest show in Netflix history, Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix, said this week.
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Since it began working with Korean filmmakers and talents in 2016, the streamer has introduced over 80 original Korean shows and films to its members around the world and subs the K-content in 30 languages, the spokesperson said.
Kingdom Season 2, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and Crash Landing are among the series to have regularly featured in the Top 10 list on Netflix in India. And over 22 million households tuned it for the Korean horror TV series Sweet Home
This is why Hyun Bin and Son Ye‑jin of the super-popular Crash Landing on You, a soft romance without any rough edges between a North Korean officer and a South Korean heiress, and actors Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-gum have become huge stars in India alongside others such as Song Hye-kyo and Bae Suzy.
It has begun influencing even governance in a state. The official Twitter account of Kerala Tourism gave its own twists to one of the challenges on Squid Game. On 6 October, the social media account shared an edited picture of Lee Jung-jae’s character Seong Gi-hun holding up a piece of Kerala’s famous banana chip, as against the dalgona candy seen in the show.
Sharing the picture, Kerala Tourism said, “The toughest challenge ever. Can you stop at just one? #SquidGame #BananaChips #Cuisine #KeralaTourism.” Netflix India’s Twitter handle, impressed by their take, counter-challenged them and wrote, “Counter challenge: Carving out an Achappam from the mould.”
“Challenge accepted! #Achappam #KeralaTourism,” they responded, with an edited picture of Seong Gi-hun holding a piece of Achappam.
Such shows have middle and upper-class India in thrall, a ‘we love everything about South Korea’ movement led primarily by its small screen entertainment industry that has found the unlikeliest loyalists here. So, your number could be next.