“There’s got to be other amazing ones like that that even (co-CEO) Ted (Sarandos) or I don’t yet know about that are digesting in the Netflix content engine,” he said Tuesday while wearing a Squid Game tracksuit during Netflix's earnings call. Sarandos added that his team picked up Squid Game a couple of years ago after writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk had been trying to make it for around ten years, and the Korean team thought it would be a local success. “They thought it’d be one of their biggest titles this year. I can’t say we had the same eyeball on it to tell you that it’d be our biggest title in our history around the world,” he added. “How something can go viral is really hard to predict but it’s super powerful when it happens. The show has to deliver the goods to deliver that much viewing and to have people talking about it, in such shorthand that it can be spoofed on SNL. It’s hard to predict, sometimes you think you’ve got lightning in a bottle and you’re wrong and sometimes you’ve got a great Korean show that turns out to be lightning in a bottle for the world.” Sarandos wasn’t asked whether there were any firm plans for a second season, although Dong-hyuk has talked up his interest in writing another story.
TOPICS: Squid Game, Netflix, Lee Jung-jae, Reed Hastings, Ted Sarandos