‘Squid Game’ reality competition series heading to Netflix

A scene from Season 1 of “Squid Game.” Noh Juhan/Netflix/TNS

Let the games begin.

“Squid Game,” which hit Netflix last year and quickly became its most popular series, is getting the reality competition treatment — minus the life-threatening component, the streamer announced Tuesday.

“Squid Game: The Challenge” — which is now casting English-language speakers from around the world — will boast “both the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history” with 456 people competing to take home $4.56 million.

“As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show — plus surprising new additions — their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them,” read the release. “The stakes are high, but in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed.”

The South Korean series saw 456 people in financial dire straits put their lives on the line to compete for 45.6 billion South Korean won (over $35 million).

“Squid Game” took home three Screen Actors Guild Awards this year — including outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series (Lee Jung-jae) and outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series (Hoyeon) — and is expected to be recognized at the Emmys when nominees are announced next month.

The announcement comes on the heels of Netflix confirming it had renewed “Squid Game” for a second season.

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