Considered China’s first sci-fi action film produced at a Hollywood scale, the film has earned over $610 million at the Chinese box office.
China’s first big-screen adventures in outer-space will soon be landing on Netflix.
The global streaming giant has picked up international online rights to The Wandering Earth, the hit sci-fi blockbuster that has earned $610 million at Chinese cinemas since the start of February.
Considered China’s first major science fiction movie, The Wandering Earth is directed by Frant Gwo and stars Chinese action hero Wu Jing, the writer, director, and star of Wolf Warrior 2, the military action flick that earned a historic $850 million in China in 2017.
Perhaps most notable for international sci-fi fans, the movie is an adaptation of a short story by author Liu Cixin, whose novel The Three-Body Problem won the Hugo Award in 2015 — China’s first win of science fiction’s highest honor.
The Wandering Earth‘s action revolves around the imminent explosion of the sun, which prompts humanity to attempt to propel planet earth outside of the solar system to find a new celestial home in deep space. Set in the distant future, China — realistically, perhaps? — plays a key leadership role in world affairs and helps drive the survival mission.
The film has been noted both for its production values and its uniquely Chinese take on the sci-fi genre. “I wanted to show international audiences that a Chinese sci-fi can offer a new point of view,” Gwo told THR in an exclusive interview.
“The movie is a majestic feast for the eyes with massive production scale rarely seen in Mandarin films,” Netflix said in a statement Thursday. “Its post-production and special effects work spanned two years, undergoing more than 3,000 conceptual designs, and featuring over 10,000 specifically-built props, while employing an impressive 2,000 special effects shots and a substantial amount of computer graphics shots.”