Netflix is set to have another biggest international hit after the Korean series Squid Game is breaking all the major records of viewership.
The first season of the Korean series, which was released worldwide on Sept. 17, has been ruling the Top 10 charts on the platform since its debut and currently occupies the top two spots in various countries.
However, after the show’s massive popularity, the streaming platform and Siren Pictures have decided to make a minor edit in the show.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, a phone number that appears in the series is being removed after it turned out to be a real phone number. In one of the scenes of the show, the phone number appears on a business card given to characters in the show, turned out to be real and the person on the receiving end has been getting “a deluge of prank calls and text messages.”
Recently, Netflix and the production company Siren Pictures have confirmed on Wednesday they would edit scenes to remove the phone number, which appears on a mysterious invitation card given to potential players of a series of deadly children’s games.
Local broadcaster SBS aired an interview last month with the owner of the phone number, who they identified as Kim Gil-young, a woman who runs a business in the southeastern county of Seongju. The woman showed some of the messages she had received, including requests for invitations to join the Squid Game and go “from rags to riches”.
“Together with the production company, we are working to resolve this matter, including editing scenes with phone numbers where necessary,” Netflix said on Wednesday, asking fans to refrain from prank calls or messages.
Being the first Korean language series to rank No. 1 on Netflix’s U.S. most-watched list, Squid Game is a nine part, thriller-drama series about 456 contestants, who are in desperate need of money join a deadly survival game in order to win 45.6 billion Korean won ($38.31 million).