SEOUL — A South Korean girl who was deluged with 1000’s of prank calls and textual content messages after her telephone quantity was highlighted as a key plot level in Netflix’s hit present “Squid Recreation” could quickly get some reduction.
Netflix and native manufacturing firm Siren Photos stated on Wednesday they’d edit scenes to take away the telephone quantity, which seems on a mysterious invitation card given to potential gamers of a sequence of lethal youngsters’s video games.
The nine-part thriller depicting cash-strapped contestants taking part in to the dying in a bid to win 45.6 billion received ($38.31 million) turned a global hit when it premiered on the streaming service final month.
Native broadcaster SBS aired an interview final month with the proprietor of the telephone quantity, who they recognized as Kim Gil-young, a girl who runs a enterprise within the southeastern county of Seongju. The lady confirmed a few of the messages she had acquired, together with requests for invites to affix the Squid Recreation and go “from rags to riches.”
Reuters’ calls to the telephone quantity weren’t answered on Wednesday.
“Along with the manufacturing firm, we’re working to resolve this matter, together with modifying scenes with telephone numbers the place essential,” Netflix stated on Wednesday, asking followers to chorus from prank calls or messages.
The lady instructed SBS final month that it was unimaginable for her to alter her quantity as a result of consumer contacts and she or he had declined a suggestion of 1 million received ($840) in compensation. SBS has reported that she has since been supplied compensation of as much as 5 million received.
Netflix and Siren Photos declined to touch upon any compensation affords on Wednesday.
Presidential candidate Huh Kyung-young made headlines final week when he supplied 100 million received ($84,023) on Fb to purchase the leaked quantity on the present.
Phone numbers are thought-about restricted nationwide assets and gross sales or buy of such is prohibited below the nation’s telecommunications enterprise regulation.
The tradition ministry’s Korean Movie Council affords moviemakers display screen numbers that aren’t utilized in actual life, however TV exhibits streamed on over-the-top (OTT) providers like Netflix don’t have entry to that service.
Netflix and Siren had stated earlier they intentionally solely confirmed the ultimate eight digits of the cell phone quantity, and have been unaware that, when dialed, the prefix would mechanically be added to finish the quantity.