The second season of Squid Game will premiere this year.
In a letter to shareholders, Netflix revealed the slate of shows set to hit the streaming service in 2024, including the second season of the Hwang Dong-hyuk-directed series.
“Looking ahead, despite last year’s strikes pushing back the launch of some titles, we have a big, bold slate for 2024,” the letter, obtained by Variety, read. The new season comes after Netflix released a competition show inspired by the fictional series called Squid Game: The Challenge. Last year, four contestants described the show’s conditions as “rigged” and “inhumane” in interviews with Rolling Stone.
Squid Game was a hit series across the world when it premiered in 2021. It earned 14 Emmy nominations and six wins, along with a nod for Best Drama Series.
In June 2022, Dong-hyuk announced in a letter to fans that the global popularity of the South Korean show paved the way for Season 2.
“It took 12 years to bring the first season of Squid Game to life last year. But it took 12 days for Squid Game to become the most popular Netflix series ever,” Dong-hyuk wrote. “And now, Gi-hun returns,” he continued, teasing the next season. “The Front Man returns. Season 2 is coming. The man in the suit with Ddakji might be back. You’ll also be introduced to Young-hee’s boyfriend, Cheol-su.”
He added, “Join us once more for a whole new round.” At the time, the streaming service did not provide a potential release date (or even a year) for when Squid Game might return.
Netflix chief content officer and co-CEO Ted Sarandos also stated in January 2022 that Squid Game was “absolutely” coming back for Season 2 after the show quickly became Netflix’s most-watched series globally ever.
Among the other shows set to return to the platform this year, according to the shareholder email obtained by Variety, are Bridgerton in its third season, Empress in its second, and Love Is Blind in its sixth season. F1: Drive to Survive, Full Swing, and Tour de France: Unchained will also return with new iterations.
The letter also teased new shows coming to the platform, including 3 Body Problem from the showrunners of Game of Thrones, Griselda starring Sofia Vergara, Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, Eric starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cien Años de Soledad, based on Gabriel García Márquez’s novel.
As for movies, Netflix teased Back in Action starring Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx, Carry On with Jason Bateman and Taron Egerton, and the return of Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F with Kerry Washington, which is directed by Tyler Perry.
From Rolling Stone US