Iron Sky 3 announced as a Chinese co-production
The producers behind Finnish sci-fi adventure franchise Iron Sky are teaming up with Shandong Jiabo Culture Development Co for a third installment of the series in China.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iron Sky: The Ark will once again be directed by Timo Vuorensola, this time from a script by Chinese producer Max Wang. Most recently Wang enjoyed success producing French director Jean-Jacques Annaud‘s Wolf Totem, which grossed the equivalent of over 110 million US dollars at the Chinese box office last year. Finland’s Tero Kaukomaa will also produce.
“We are thrilled with Iron Sky: The Ark, a Chinese story and dream on the big screen and the innovative model of the production, which contributes to the richness of international co-operation in the Chinese film market,” says Song Xiangiang, CEO of Jiabo Culture.
Distribution is to be handled by a “major Chinese distributor” in China and by Iron Sky Universe throughout the rest of the world. The executive producer of the film is May He, head of Longevity International Enterprises of Canada.
With a bigger budget than previous outings, the film is to arrive on screens in 2018. Meanwhile, the franchise’s sophomore effort, Iron Sky: The Coming Race, is slated for release this year.