Sequel to Netflix series 'Squid Game' can be filmed in Ukraine: Culture Minister

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Canan Kevser
14 October 2021, 11:50
Canan Kevser
14 October 2021, 11:50

The sequel to Netflix's popular Korean series 'Squid Game' can be filmed in Ukraine.

Ukraine's Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko wrote this on Telegram after watching the series, according to Ukrinform.

The Minister specified several reasons for the convenience of producing the digital series in Ukraine.

Tkachenko believes that foreign producers are well aware that it is always profitable to get a cash refund.

“Getting cash rebates. It is always profitable and foreign producers are well aware of this," he said.

The Minister also noted that there are quite a lot of locations in Ukraine with unique landscapes that are convenient for filming TV series.

"Locations. Ukraine has unique landscapes. Seas, rivers, lakes, forests, mountains, steppes, islands, deserts. And all this at a distance of several hours from each other," Tkachenko noted.

Indicating that various factors significantly affect the shooting costs for foreign producers, the Minister of Culture and Information Policies said that there is no need to procure them from abroad because Ukraine already offers facilities.

"Professional productions that are comfortable to work with. High-quality filming equipment so there is no need to take it from abroad, increasing the series costs. Human capital – actors, directors, screenwriters, camera crew, designers, and everyone involved in the filming process. Accommodation and equipment rental prices are lower than in Europe or Asia,” Tkachenko wrote.

The official noted that the Squid Game was ranked first in more than 80 countries, including the United States. The series also broke viewership records among non-English series, although the project was conceived to expand the platform’s geography and attract subscribers primarily from Asia.

The Ukrainian Minister mentioned that he had a recent conversation with Netflix representatives to strengthen cooperation. According to him, the Ministry is now in close contact at the negotiation stage.

"Ukrainian movies are likely to reach new heights by appearing on the platform soon," Tkachenko said.

Netflix streaming platform recently established the Ukrainian interface and the website’s Ukrainian version "netflix.ua." Also, in September 2020, two Ukrainian production studios became official partners of Netflix.