A film none of us are talking about and really should is China’s The Wandering Earth, which is sitting at $600M in just two weeks of release making it the second biggest release they’ve ever had. Netflix is getting in on the action by acquiring the sci-fi blockbuster, taking global SVOD rights excluding Mainland China, Deadline reports.
Set in the near future against the backdrop of the imminent destruction of the sun, The Wandering Earth charts a project that’s hatched to move the planet’s residents to a remote star system and save the human race. The movie hails from Beijing Culture (Wolf Warrior, Dying To Survive, A Cool Fish) and also had a North American theatrical run which has yielded about $4M so far.
Directed and written by Frant Gwo, the movie stars Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai. It employed some 7,000 workers with post-production and special effects spanning two years, including more than 3,000 conceptual designs, over 10,000 specifically-built props, and more than 2,000 special effects shots. With a reported $50M budget, it has been hailed as a breakthrough for the local industry.