The global streaming giant, Netflix has bought the rights to "The Wandering Earth", the blockbuster movie being touted as the first mainstream science fiction movie in China.
The film was the Chinese New Year's hit – it opened in fourth position on February 5 – but climbed to the top and has not yet abandoned its stratospheric position. After 14 days in theaters, the epic has reported some 4.07 billion RMB ($ 603 million) and is expected to last several more weeks.
Adapted from a 2000 novel by the same name of the godfather of Chinese science fiction, Liu CIxin, the film tells the story of people working together to save the planet from our aging sun by imploding it. by moving it to another solar system with giant thrusters. .
Netflix operates almost at the scale of the planet, but not in China. Local regulations mean that it is forbidden. This did not prevent the platform from yielding some of its content to the Middle Kingdom, thanks to an agreement with the local giant iQIYI streaming. Netflix is also slowly adding to its list of Mandarin content through the production of original series and acquisitions. Netflix has not given a date for its release.
"Netflix is committed to providing entertainment enthusiasts with access to a wide variety of global content. With its high-quality production and storytelling, we believe The Wandering Earth will be loved by science fiction fans around the world, "said Jerry Zhang, Head of Content Acquisition at Netflix.
The film is directed and written by Frant Gwo. It features a cast including Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai with a special appearance of Wu Jing.
"The film is a majestic treat for the eyes with a massive scale of production rarely seen in Mandarin films. His post-production work and special effects are spread over two years. More than 3,000 designs have been proposed and more than 10,000 specially constructed accessories, while employing 2,000 special effects plans and a considerable number of CGI shots, "said Netflix.