Everything You Need To Know About Squid Game's Writer Hwang Dong-Hyuk
5 October 2021, 18:38 | Updated: 7 October 2021, 13:53
Here's the lowdown on Squid Game writer Hwang Dong-hyuk – from his previous works to the second season of the show...
All eyes have turned to Hwang Dong-hyuk as the writer and director of the mega-hit – here's everything you need to know about the mind behind Squid Game.
Who is Squid Game writer Hwang Dong-hyuk?
Hwang Dong-hyuk is a 50-year-old director and screenwriter hailing from South Korea.
Dong-hyuk was raised in the capital city and studied at Seoul National University, during his time as a student he began to hone in on his film skills.
Hwang Dong-hyuk has six film credits
Before the international success of the dark K-thriller, Dong-hyuk had worked on everything from short films to feature flicks.
Squid Game is in fact the writer's first foray into television – talk about hitting the ground running!
He made his film debut in 2007 with My Father and he ventured further into drama four years later with Silenced – nearly all of his works he has both writing and directing credits for.
The Netflix mega-hit is the first project of Hwang's to reach such a wide international audience.
Hwang Dong-hyuk tried to get Squid Game made for over a decade
The journey to get Squid Game streaming on our screens was a long one, Dong-hyuk first developed the script for the survival drama in 2008.
The esteemed writer revealed the story of the series' road to Netflix to The Korea Times in September.
The show was pitched and subsequently rejected by many studios over the years as Hwang struggled to secure funding for his complex idea.
It wasn't until Netflix took an interest in the script in 2019 that the project got off the ground – now, just two years later Squid Game is on track to becoming the streaming platform's biggest show ever.