Squid Game is the title that's all over the internet right now, but Netflix's most-watched show was almost named something completely different.
The hit Korean survival series was almost renamed until the director insisted on keeping the original title.
In an interview with THR, Netflix's VP of Content for the Asia Pacific, Minyoung Kim, explained the story behind the hit show's name.
“Squid Game, or ojingeo in Korean, is a real kids’ game here, but not all Koreans know it. My generation knows it, but my niece’s generation probably wouldn’t. So, initially, we knew we wanted this show to travel but we were worried the title Squid Game wouldn’t resonate because not many people would get it,” she explained.
“So we went with the title Round Six instead, wanting it to be more general and helpful for telling people what the show is about.”
However, Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show's writer and director, fought for the original title because “it’s a unique show and this game is the essence.”
Minyoung Kim continued, “The title, Squid Game, together with the eye-catching artwork, really capture interest within our service — especially for audiences who have never watched a Korean show before but are looking for fun things to watch.”
“I think we tend to underestimate the curiosity that a lot of our members and audience have. In trying to make it really easy to understand what the show is, we could have made a big mistake. I’m so glad director Hwang steered us back to Squid Game — it sparks curiosity and captures the story so well.”
After watching the impact that Squid Game has had on the internet we wonder how much a title change could’ve had on its popularity?!
Either way it’s interesting to know the show could have had a completely different title!