The Wandering Earth has only been released a few weeks ago but it has already been snapped up by the popular streaming service after raking in over half a billion dollars at the Chinese box office.
Such numbers put in par with the likes of Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther.
The new film is based on a book of the same name by Liu Cixin. It is written and directed by Frant Gwo, with a cast of Zhao Jinmai, Ng Man-tat, Li Guangjie, and Qu Chuxiao, with a special appearance by Wu Jing.
The Wandering Earth tells the story of a near future where the Sun starts to expand into a red giant, about to destroy Earth. The situation prompts people to make one more attempt to save the world.
A group of multi-generational humans tries to ‘build 10,000 stellar engines in an effort to propel Planet Earth out of the solar system, in the hope of finding a new celestial home,’ according to the synopsis.
‘During the 2,500 year-long journey, a group of daring heroes emerge to defend human civilization from unexpected dangers and new enemies, and to ensure the survival of humanity in this age of the wandering Earth.’
Manager of Content Acquisition at Netflix Jerry Zhang said he believes the movie will be a hit with sci-fi fans all over the world.
“Netflix is committed to providing entertainment lovers with access to a wide variety of global content. With its high-quality production and story-telling, we believe that The Wandering Earth will be loved by Sci-Fi fans around the world,” he said.
The film’s director Frant Gwo added: “Audiences from over 190 countries will soon meet The Wandering Earth on Netflix. I am glad that our movie can reach to people from different parts of the world. This is a movie created for the Chinese audience around the world, and it has been positively received since its premiere, we are very excited about it.
“To my surprise, this movie also resonate outside Mainland China. Netflix will translate it into 28 languages, enabling more viewers to enjoy it regardless of geographical and linguistic differences. I hope they will like it.”
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