WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Popular YouTuber MrBeast claimed he spent $3.5 million on the recreation of the hit Netflix series “Squid Game”.
- The recreenactment had 456 cash-strapped “Squid Game” fans competed for a $456,000 cash prize.
- The recreation included the same Korean children’s games such as Red Light, Green Light, marbles and tug-of-war.
One YouTube star took his love for Squid Game to the next level, and then some!
MrBeast, who boasts 76.2M subscribers YouTube subscribers, shared a video of his real-life recreation of Netflix sensation Squid Game on Wednesday, showing how he built each game from the Korean thriller series to scale before inviting 456 players to compete.
The cash prize to win totaled $456,000. The number 456, of course, keeps showing up as it is the player number for Squid Game lead character Seong Gi-hun, played by Korean film star Lee Jung-jae.
In the video, games from the show were successfully recreated, including Red Light/Green Light, Marbles, and the infamous Glass Bridge.
They all had slightly less dire consequences for those who are eliminated. Instead of being shot on sight like in the actual show, players had mechanisms attached to them that would ‘explode’ and stain their shirts when they lost a game. Foam pits were also placed underneath the Tug of War game and Glass Bridge, so no one was falling to their death or anything.
MrBeast, 23, charted the production process of making the video on Twitter, at one point writing, “Squid Game has been filmed and now just needs editing, it is the craziest video we’ve ever filmed times 100!”
He said the video cost over $3.5 million to make specified that the funding of the video — provided in part by mobile game Brawl Stars — was divided into $2 million for production and set building, and $1.5 million in prizes.
As in the series itself, things got a little more dramatic during the Marbles game, since the production had players team up with their friends after analyzing who they spent time with on set, and forced them to play against each other.
There were other slight differences in the YouTube video, like adjustments made to assure players familiar with Squid Game wouldn’t have an advantage.
MrBeast (real name Jimmy Donaldson)is known for hosting games on his channel that typically come with a cash prize. Recently, Donaldson — who has a net worth of $25 million — hosted an extreme game of tag at Bristol Motor Speedway where the winner received $500,000.
Squid Game premiered on Netflix Sept. 17 and was a surprising success for the streaming platform. A second season is already in the works.