How Rich is Hwang Dong-Hyuk in 2021? Inside the 'Squid Game'Creator's Fortune!
You are living under a rock if you haven't watched the survival drama Squid Game, but even with that, there's no way you haven't heard of it. The South Korean series was released worldwide on September 17, 2021, and since then, not a day has passed when the internet hasn't been obsessed with it. The series is Netflix's most-watched show to date, with over 142 million households streaming the show in its first four weeks.
The man behind the genius is Hwang Dong-Hyuk, a director and screenwriter. After Squid Game took over the world, he revealed the show was originally scripted ten years ago, when he didn't find a production studio ready to get on board. If you're wondering how much Hwang has made through the record-breaking series, well, wonder no more because we've got the exclusive details.
Inside Hwang Dong-Hyuk's Net Worth and Earnings!
Hwang has been a filmmaker for over two decades, but none of his work so far has received half of the acclaim as Squid Game. As per Distractify, Hwang has an estimated net worth of $5 million in 2021, which comes to 5.8 billion Korean won.
Hwang created the mega-hit show 'Squid Game.' Photo Source: Distractify
After graduating from the esteemed Seoul National University with a major in communications, Hwang made several short films like Our Sad Life and A Puff of Smoke. He went on to study M.F.A in L A and continued to release more short films. Miracle Mile, Hwang's graduation thesis, was a big hit and recipient of many awards, including a student Emmy Award.
Hwang's first feature film, My Father (2007), topped the South Korean box office sales charts in its first week. The movie grossed $6.1 million worldwide. Hwang has become an international celebrity with Squid Game, but the director became a celebrated icon in his native in his initial years. Hwang's film Silenced addresses real and hardcore societal issues. It grossed $30.7 million.
'Squid Games' has grossed over $900 million. Source: Good Morning America
His films like Miss Granny, The Fortress, and Collectors were all critically acclaimed. Hwang's Squid Game was produced with an approximate budget of $21 million, and the show has earned Netflix over $900 million so far. You'd think Hwang and the actors have received some bonus amount, but it turns out not.
"Netflix hasn't Made Me Rich," Says Hwang Dong-Hyuk!
The Guardians' Stuart Jeffries couldn't help but ask Hwang the most wondered question. 'Has Squid Game made you rich?' "I'm not that rich," Hwang says. "But I do have enough. I have enough to put food on the table. And it's not like Netflix is paying me a bonus," the Squid Game's creator revealed.
Hwang says Netflix didn't pay him any bonus amount. Photo source: Post News
The director further reveals that Netflix only paid him the promised amount. Hwang says the making of Squid Game was so physically and mentally draining that he lost six teeth in the process. "I kept having new ideas and revising the episodes as we were filming so the amount of work multiplied," he said.
Hwang, 50, says the inspiration behind the show came from his experience. 'the global financial crash in the late 2000s,' in particular. The dystopian thriller is set to return for a sequel. Its renewal hasn't been announced yet, but Hwang revealed in season 2, he would want to focus on the backstory of the Frontman, played by Lee Byung-Hun.
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