Netflix Has Signed Up One Of The Biggest Films In The World

Netflix is no stranger to blockbuster films and it has just announced another big addition to its roster.

The Wandering Earth has only been at the cinema a matter of weeks but has already been snapped up by the streaming service after raking in more than half a billion dollars at the Chinese box office.

These kinds of numbers put it on par with the likes of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.

Based on a book of the same name by Liu Cixin, The Wandering Earth is directed and written by Frant Gwo, with a cast of Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai, and a special appearance by Wu Jing.

The movie tells the story of a near future where the Sun is about to expand into a red giant and destroy Earth, which prompts mankind to make one last-ditch attempt to save the planet.

According to the synopsis, a group of multi-generational humans attempt to 'build 10,000 stellar engines in an effort to propel Planet Earth out the solar system, in the hope of finding a new celestial home'.

The film has smashed the box office since it was released earlier this month. Credit: China Film Group Corporation
The film has smashed the box office since it was released earlier this month. Credit: China Film Group Corporation

It continues: "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."

Jerry Zhang, Manager of Content Acquisition at Netflix, said he thinks the film will be a hit with sci-fi fans the world over.

He said: "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."

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."

It's an exciting time for Netflix subscribers, only last night it was announced that chilling horror, Haunting of Hill House, is set to return for a second season.

According to Variety, Netflix has entered into a multi-year television deal with Flanagan and Macy, which will see both produce new TV projects exclusively for the streaming giant.

"Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy are masterful at creating authentically frightening stories that leave audiences on the edge of their seats, but unable to look away," said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix.

"We're excited to continue our partnership with them on the Haunting series and future projects to come."

Featured Image Credit: China Film Group Corporation

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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