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Huayi Brothers, one of China’s leading film studios, has come on board sci-fi film project “Moonfall” as mainland Chinese distributor and as an executive producer.
To be directed later this year by action adventure maestro Roland Emmerich, the project was one of the hottest properties when first offered to buyers last year during Cannes. But completing the Chinese deal has been a galactic journey.
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“Moonfall” centers on a mysterious force knocking the moon from its orbit around Earth, which sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. In response, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space to land on the lunar surface and save Earth from annihilation. The cast is not yet set.
With a 2012 spec script penned by Emmerich, Harald Kloser and Spencer Cohen, the movie was originally set up at Universal. But the studio later put it into turnaround, prompting the filmmakers to independently piece together funding for the film’s reportedly $150 million budget.
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The rights sales and financing are handled by Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios and CAA Media Finance. With Emmerich’s track record in the genre including “Independence Day,” “2012” and “Stargate,” they were quickly able to secure deals in major territories including Latin America and Germany.
In November Lionsgate confirmed that it had bought rights in North America, a renewal of the partnership which saw Emmerich’s World War II epic “Midway” amass a $57.6 million haul in the fall of 2019. At the time, the companies reported that “Moonfall” will shoot this year and be released in 2021. No China release date has been announced, but sources said that it would likely be kept as close as possible to the North American outing.
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