Netflix Acquires Rights to The Wandering Earth, Which May Become Highest Grossing Movie in History of China

Netflix announced tonight that they have acquired the streaming rights to Chinese science-fiction film, The Wandering Earth. The movie which was released on February 5th has grossed over $600 million worldwide, primarily in China. The film is already the second-biggest grosser ever in China, behind Wolf Warrior 2’s $854 million. The Hollywood Reporter described the film as “China’s first full-scale interstellar spectacular.”

The film has had a limited theatrical release in the U.S., so the acquisition by Netflix will bring it to a broader audience. “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.” said Jerry Zhang, Manager of Content Acquisition at Netflix.

The Wandering Earth tells the story of a distant 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 planet. The multi-generational heroes build ten-thousand stellar engines in an effort to propel Planet Earth out the solar system, in the hope of finding a new celestial home. 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.