Netflix officially announced on Friday that it had acquired the exclusive global release of South Korean science-fiction blockbuster “Space Sweepers” on their streaming platform.
In a release, Netflix shares “We are happy to announce that Netflix will open ‘Space Sweepers’ simultaneously in 190 countries. As Korea-made dramas and movies have become the most beloved content in the world, we expect that ‘Space Sweepers’ will also create a global buzz.”
Netflix also shared first glimpses into the film on their Facebook page, saying, “Here’s your first look at Space Sweepers, an upcoming sci-fi thriller starring Song Joong-ki and Kim Tae-ri. All aboard Spaceship Victory!”
Netflix announced that the film would be released in 31 different languages. The U.S. media giant, however, did not elaborate on an actual release date of the film.
The film, which is directed by Jo Sung-hee, is set in the year 2092 and tells of a group of space scavengers who hunt for “space trash” to make money. In this fictional universe, Earth is nearly destroyed due to pollution. Because of this, people from the upper-class started building a new world to live in outer space.
“Space Sweepers” is one of the most anticipated South Korean films in 2020 for its star-studded cast including Song Joong-ki, who is known for his lead role in the Korean drama “Descendants of the Sun”. The cast also features actors Kim Tae-ri, Jin Sun-kyu and Yoo Hai-jin.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its release schedules have been postponed countless times. This led to some South Korean commercial movies heading to Netflix without running in theaters.
The first Korean film to show directly on Netflix is Yoon Sung-hyun’s action thriller “Time to Hunt” which will be released in April 2021.
(Source: The Korea Times)