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Netflix bags Mandarin sci-fi epic

The Wandering Earth follows efforts to save the world from a dying Sun

Netflix has acquired global rights to Mandarin sci-fi film The Wandering Earth, based on the novella of the same name by Liu Cixin.

Directed and written by Frant Gwo, the feature tells the story of a close future in which the sun is about to expand into a red giant and devour the Earth, prompting mankind to make an audacious attempt to save the planet.

The multi-generational heroes build 10,000 stellar engines in an effort to propel the Earth out of the solar system, in the hope of finding a new celestial home.

Its cast includes Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai. It premiered in China, North America, Australia and New Zealand over the lunar new year.

Netflix said the post-production and special effects work on the film spanned two years. It involved more than 3,000 conceptual designs and over 10,000 specially built props, while employing more than 2,000 special effects shots and large amounts of CGI.

“Netflix is committed to providing entertainment lovers with access to a wide variety of global content. With its high-quality production and storytelling, we believe that The Wandering Earth will be loved by sci-fi fans around the world,” said Jerry Zhang, manager of content acquisition at Netflix, which will translate the film into 28 languages.



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