Global streaming giant, Netflix has acquired rights to "The Wandering Earth", the smash hit movie that is pitched as China's first mainstream sci-fi movie.
The movie was sleeping hit by Chinese New Year – it opened in fourth position on February 5 – but climbed to the top and has not yet released its stratospheric position. After 14 days in theaters, the epic has raked into some RMB4.07 billion ($ 603 million) and is likely to have weeks of its theatrical run back.
Adapted from a 2000 novel with the same name of the girl to Chinese sci-fi, Liu CIxin, the film tells the story that people are working together to save the planet from our old imploding sun by moving it to another giant solar system thrusters.
Netflix operates almost worldwide but not in China. Local rules mean that it is blocked. It has not stopped the platform licensing some of its content to the Middle Kingdom through a local streaming giant event iQIYI. Netflix also slowly raises its list of mandarin language content through the production of original series and through acquisitions. Netflix gave no date for the release.
"Netflix is committed to giving entertainment lovers access to a wide variety of global content. With its high-quality production and storytelling, we believe The Wandering Earth will be loved by Sci-Fi fans worldwide." content purchases at Netflix.
The film is directed and written by Frant Gwo. It has a cast, including Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai with special appearance of Wu Jing.
"The film is a majestic feast for the eyes with a massive production scale, rarely seen in Mandarin films. Its post-production and special effects have spread over two years, and they have more than 3,000 conceptual designs and have more than 1