One of this year’s highly anticipated Korean sci-fi movies, Space Sweepers, is considering a worldwide release via Netflix in lieu of its originally slated premiere on the big screen.
According to multiple media sources from the film industry, Space Sweepers is currently under final negotiations to get released through the subscription-based streaming platform. In response to the claim, a representative from the project made a cautious remark, “We are discussing several options, including a Netflix release, but nothing has been confirmed yet.”
Space Sweepers initially planned to hit the domestic theaters in between September and Chuseok (meaning “autumn eve,” Korean three-day Thanksgiving festival) but decided, later on, to postpone its premiere indefinitely due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country. Making matters more unfavorable is the infiltration of the virus into South Korea’s entertainment industry. As an aftermath, the said unofficial decision of forgoing a release through the cinemas came into view.
Featuring the star-studded main cast lineup of Kim Tae-ri (Little Forest), Song Joong-ki (The Battleship Island), Jin Seon-kyu (Man of Men), and Yoo Hae-jin (The Battle: Roar to Victory), Space Sweepers is set in the year 2092 and follows the crew of a junk collector spaceship called The Victory. Captain Jang Sun-jang (Kim Tae-ri) leads a team of misfits comprised of pilot Tae-ho (Song Joong-ki), engineer Tiger Park (Jin Seon-kyu), and the weaponry robot Eobdong (Yoo Hae-jin). They travel through space to scavenge things that could be worth some money and get on fierce interstellar competitions with numerous teams of junk collectors from other countries.
Meanwhile, earlier news also revealed that more upcoming films, such as Call by director Lee Choong-hyun and Night in Paradise by director Park Hoon-jung, are also considering a global-premiere alternative through Netflix.