'Squid Game' Star Lee Jung-Jae Asks for $13M Salary for Season 2
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Meanwhile, series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk reportedly has 'forfeited all intellectual property rights and received no residuals' though Netflix raked in nearly $1 billion from the popular series.

AceShowbiz - Following the massive success of "Squid Game", actor Lee Jung-jae apparently thinks that he deserves a bigger payment. A new report claimed that he's requested for Netflix to pay him a $1 million/episode for the upcoming season 2 of the series.

"Netflix cannot afford to overlook Lee Jung-jae's request," Korean news outlet Dispatch revealed on Friday, June 29. "Lee Jung Jae asked Netflix seeking a substantial guarantee of over 1 million dollars per episode, which means his appearance fees will amount to a staggering total of over 13 million dollars (given the 13 episodes)."

While "Squid Game" success benefits Netflix and its cast members, it's reportedly not the case for series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk. According to Los Angeles Times, he "forfeited all intellectual property rights and received no residuals" though Netflix raked in nearly $1 billion from the popular series.

The article explored the broader exploitation of South Korean creators in the streaming age, discussing "why and how [Netflix have] been able to buy so much high-performing content for so cheap." Reporter Max Kim additionally pointed out that the huge profit from "Squid Game" debut season, which cost about $2.4 million per episode to produce, increased the streamer's value by an estimated $900 million.

Back in October 2021, Hwang was asked if he had become as rich as the $38 million winner of the series' fictional, brutal competition. To the question, he told the Guardian, "I'm not that rich. 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. Netflix paid me according to the original contract."

Netflix recently announced the full cast for season 2 of "Squid Game". Joining returning stars Lee Jung-jae, Lee Byung-hun, Wi Ha-jun and Gong Yoo are Im Si-wan, Kang Ha-neul, Park Sung-hoon and Yang Dong-geun. The ensemble also includes Park Gyu-young, Jo Yuri, Kane Ae-sim, Lee David, Lee Jin-uk, Choi Seug-hyun a.k.a. T.O.P. and Roh Jae-won.

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