He’s trying to figure out how to bring back some of the cast that died in the first season.
Fresh after winning Emmy Award for “Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series”, Playing squids director Hwang Dong Hyuk shared that he started working on a script for Squid game 2.
He shared this at a press conference following the Emma win at Westin Josun Seoul. “We’ll be shooting a sequel next year and the series will probably be out in 2024. I am currently working on a script “ said Hwang.
When asked what games would be in the sequel, he preferred to keep it a secret. He asked for understanding from the audience, explaining that games were a key part of the show to keep him entertained.
Following characters who don’t know what games they will be playing makes the show fun. If I tell you this now, it will reduce the fun. So, even if it accidentally slips out of my mouth when we drink or something, please just tell me not to shut up.
—Hwang Dong Hyuk
He also covered restoring characters, some of whom died last season.
I really want to bring Ji Yeong back. Her close friend Sae Byeok also died. I don’t know what to do yet. So many adored footballers have died. I didn’t know we were going to be so successful and I killed them without thinking.
—Hwang Dong Hyuk
Ji Yeong’s and Sae Byeok’s friendship was one of the most poignant moments in the series. Lee You Miwho played Ji-Yeong also won Emmy Primetime Creative Arts Awardwinning an award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
When asked about the possibility of having Hollywood actors in the cast, the director said he would consider it if Playing squids would have a third season. However, he joked with the staff about the addition Leonardo DiCaprio to the cast when he found out that the actor was a fan of the show.
Hwang also shared that he is considering making another film with a working title KO clubalso known as Old People Killing Club. He chose it, taking into account the gap between Playing squids seasons one and two would be too broad. He joked, “Also actors, incl Lee Jung Jaeit’s going to get too old so I decided to do this project first. “