Netflix Made Insane Amount of Money from Squid Game But Paid Director Pennies: “It’s not like Netflix gave me a bonus”

Netflix Made Insane Amount of Money from Squid Game But Paid Director Pennies
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The Netflix show Squid Game was a phenomenal production that took the world by storm. It set many records and became one of the most successful projects by Netflix in the recent past. The novel concept and its excellent execution meant that fans loved it and wanted more.


A lot of hard work talent, and grit went into making this extraordinary series. It achieved iconic status in a relatively short period of time, and it made many of the stars, technicians, and filmmakers involved in the project huge celebrities.

However, even though Netflix made an incredible amount of money from the project, they reportedly underpaid the director. This has caused a lot of backlash from fans, who demanded justice for the director. After all, he was one of the cardinal figures involved in the huge success story that was Netflix’s Squid Game.


Squid Game Director’s Poor Compensation by Netflix

Squid Game Netflix
Netflix’s Squid Game

The famous South Korean film director Hwang Dong-hyuk created one of the most critically acclaimed shows Squid Game for Netflix that topped several charts worldwide by becoming a highly-rated and influential television show of all time.

In 2021, the South Korean survival drama television series instantly gained popularity with its nine episodes, each consisting of fascinating plots, aesthetics, and dialogues. Within a few weeks of its international debut on the streaming giant, Squid Game received positive reviews and became of the biggest and most popular shows on Netflix in more than 94 countries.

Fans gushed over its theme and eye-catchy costume on social media, and the series attracted millions of viewers worldwide. Many have speculated that the series creator Dong-hyuk might have earned a hefty paycheck from Netflix owing to the massive success. However, the filmmaker subtly trashed the claims by saying that Netflix paid him the amount mentioned in his contract.


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Hwang Dong-hyuk Claims He Didn’t Receive Any Bonus

Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk
Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk

In a candid interview with The Guardian, the titular series director shared that he only received what his contract included and not earned any extra pay or bonus following the mega success of his show.

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“I’m not that rich. But I do have enough. I have enough to put food on the table. And it’s not like Netflix is paying me a bonus. Netflix paid me according to the original contract.”

Netflix's dark survival K-Drama you can binge watch in a day.
Netflix’s dark survival K-Drama.

Though it is unclear the amount he got paid for Squid Game. He also emphasized that writing the script of this project was emotionally and mentally draining on him.

“It was physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. I kept having new ideas and revising the episodes as we were filming so the amount of work multiplied. I was very financially straitened because my mother retired from the company she was working for. There was a film I was working on but we failed to get finance. So I couldn’t work for about a year. We had to take out loans — my mother, myself, and my grandmother.” 

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Hwang Dong-hyuk claimed that he was inspired to create this show because of his own financial difficulties and personal life struggles. According to the outlet, the Squid Game creator’s contract with Netflix had no clause that proclaims that he would receive extra pay if the show becomes popular.

Also Read: David Fincher Reportedly Agrees for ‘Squid Game’ Remake Despite Notorious History of Leaving Projects Mid-Way

Squid Game is available for streaming on Netflix.


Source: The Guardian


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