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Chinese sci-fi blockbuster ‘Wandering Earth 2’ to be released in North America (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter


Wandering Earth 2, the sequel to the Chinese sci-fi blockbuster that made $700 million in 2019, is charting for North America, thanks to a distribution deal signed by distributor Well Go USA . This particular studio bought the film’s domestic theatrical rights and set a release date on the same day as China on January 22, the first day of the Lunar New Year. Well Go says it’s coming Wandering Earth 2 at more than 125 theaters in North America, including 30 Imax theaters.

Wandering Earth 2 is a prequel to the 2019 hit film and like its predecessor, it is based on the short story of the same name by Chinese sci-fi author Liu Cixin, world famous for his best-selling novel. Three-body problem. The film was once again written and directed by Frant Gwo (better known in China as Guo Fan), with Chinese action hero Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior 2) took over his lead role and Hong Kong male lead Andy Lau joined as co-star. Liu is credited as the film’s producer, along with Chinese hit producer Song Ge (Wolf Warrior 2, Die to live, wandering earth) as executive producer.

firstly The wandering earth, acquired by Netflix for all territories outside of China, revolves around a rescue mission to save human civilization when the sun is nearing the end of its life cycle and is about to explode, making humanity must build giant engines to push planet earth outside the solar system to find a new celestial home. Set in the distant future, China plays an important leadership role in world affairs and helps advance the mission of survival.

The sequel’s official plot synopsis reads: “Humans have built giant engines on the surface of the earth to find a new home. But the road to space is dangerous. To save the earth, young people must once again step out to start a race against time for life and death.”

China Film Co. The state-backed film was introduced by Gwo’s Guo Fan Culture and Media banner and Wu Jing’s Beijing Dengfeng International Media. As is typical with major Chinese blockbusters, the film also has more than a dozen co-sponsors, including major studios Alibaba Pictures, Wanda Media and Huayi Brothers.

Wandering Earth 2 is currently considered the most anticipated lead contender for the Chinese Lunar New Year box office race, which typically sees two or three top titles earn hundreds of millions of dollars in their first week of release. . How the severe COVID-19 outbreak currently sweeping China will affect sales during the upcoming holiday season, which begins January 22 and lasts a little over a week, remains to be seen. The subject of much speculation in the Chinese industry.

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