The Wandering Earth: Director Frant Gwo has announced that the sequel to his hit science fiction film “The Wandering Earth”, China’s third highest-grossing film of all time, will premiere during the New Years’ holiday in 2023. Movie theater. bigger every year.
“The Wandering Earth” came as a surprise after making its debut at Lunar New Year 2019, beating competitors like Ning Hao’s “Crazy Alien” and Han Hans “Pegasus” at the top of this year’s Christmas box office.
Produced by Beijing Culture on a budget of around $ 50 million, it has raised $ 691 million in China, but less than $ 6 million in North America. Received later from Netflix.
“After two years of preproduction and script thinking, we’ve decided to start our plan for ‘The Wandering Earth 2’ while setting our release date for the new year 2023,” is scheduled for fall on January 22nd.
Gwo told the audience during the Golden Rooster Film Festival in China, which ended this weekend.
Although a title has not yet been announced, the plot is largely complete, he said, adding, “Then we will try to start new production processes and include more new ones. Technologies. ”
The sequel is again directed by Gwo, produced by Gong Ge’er, and overseen by science titan Liu Cixin, who wrote the original 2000 novel from which the first film was adapted.
Preparations for “The Wandering Earth 2” have been going on for some time.
“We have created a new world full of science fiction elements and we hope the audience will experience new and better scenarios and more detail,” said Gong.
Fu Ruoqing, vice chairman of the China Film Group, which supports the follow-up, said the film continuity challenge will lead to an upward trend that will raise all ships and improve technical standards in a way that will benefit the industry. cinematic as a whole.
“Wandering Earth 2 will be looking at ways to simplify and standardize the production that we hope will make the films even better,” he said.
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A new poster released for the sequel includes the phrase “Goodbye Solar System” repeatedly spelled out in many languages.
“There is a feeling that the earth is sailing with the sun on the right indicating that we are approaching a brighter world,” said Gwo of the poster. Promotional material and events with Wu Jing seem to suggest that the protagonist of the prototype will return for the second episode.
Although his character encounters a seemingly inevitable ugly ending in the first.
An expanded “Special Edition” 3D version of the original 12-minute film is returning to theaters, where it has grossed $ 500,000 since its debut on November 26th.
This is the lowest value at the Tuesday box office under Harrison. Ford starred in “Call of the Wild”.
Hugo de Liu’s award-winning trilogy “The Three-Body Problem” is presented by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss turned it into a high-profile TV series for Netflix with writer and producer Alexander Woo.
The announcement sparked the first controversy over objections from US politicians who were interested in providing such a platform to Liu’s work, as they support the Chinese government’s policies in Xinjiang, an area home to around 1 million ethnic Uyghurs. in warehouses. Mining.
The expectations for the sequel to “The Wandering Earth” in China are still high. Fans who are used to the lightning-fast production of most Chinese blockbusters have mourned a release date in the past. Future.
“Two more years, but I’m so excited!” wrote a user on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, similar to Twitter.