- Contestants of “Squid Game: The Challenge” series say the set felt ‘like a warzone,’ report says.
- Netflix’s competition series based on the hit Korean show is currently filming.
- In a statement to Insider, Netflix denied that any contestant had received serious injuries.
Contestants of Netflix’s upcoming “Squid Game” competition series have said that the set felt “like a warzone,” according to a report by the Sun.
Last year, Netflix greenlit “Squid Game: The Challenge,” a reality competition series based on the hit Korean show of the same name. As in the series, 456 players will compete in a non-lethal, less violent series of games inspired by “Squid Game” to be the last one standing to win a reward of $4.56 million.
However, The Sun recently reported that at least one contestant was carried out on a stretcher while playing the game “Red Light, Green Light” for the competition.
In a statement to Insider, Netflix and the production company Studio Lambert denied their report, saying there were no serious injuries on set.
“We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew, and invested in all the appropriate safety procedures,” the statement read. “While it was very cold on set — and participants were prepared for that — any claims of serious injury are untrue.”
Filming for the show began on Monday at Cardington Studios, a former Royal Air Force base near Bedford, England. Temperatures during the first days of filming were around 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
“It was like a warzone,” one contestant told The Sun. “People were getting carried out by medics but we couldn’t say anything. If you talk, then you’re out. Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was so cold. You could hear someone yell ‘medic’, and the crew would rush on. We ended up standing there for 30 minutes between takes. Some were crawling by the end. At least one was carried out on a stretcher.”
Another contestant said that contestants were provided with thermal clothing.
“They gave us two thermals, two socks, a shirt, plimsolls, and green tracksuits. We each had blood vests under clothes which burst automatically if they catch you moving to make it look like you’ve been shot,” they said.
In “Red Light, Green Light,” contestants have to reach a finish line without being caught in the gaze of a giant doll. When the doll turns around to the contestants, they have to freeze, and any person caught moving would be out — in the TV show, they would be shot dead.