Headlines from China: BBC Series ‘Dracula’ to Stream in China and on Netflix Simultaneously

BBC Series ‘Dracula’ to Stream in China and on Netflix Simultaneously

BBC’s 2020 drama series Dracula will premiere on Netflix and Chinese streaming platform Xigua Video (a ByteDance subsidiary) simultaneously on January 4, according to the Chinese entertainment news site Mtime. Also, both platforms will release all three episodes of Dracula at once. This is the first time a film/TV show debuts on Netflix and a Chinese video streaming platform at the same time. Developed by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the makers of BBC hit series Sherlock, and based on the novel of the same name by Irish author Bram Stoker, the show follows Dracula from his origins in Eastern Europe to his battles with Van Helsing’s descendants and beyond. The Square‘s male lead Claes Bang plays the leading role. According to Mtime, a few other BBC series, such as Doctor Who Season 12 and Inside No. 9 Season 5,  will also become available in China this year. Read more on Mtime

U.S. Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Extinction’ Lands China Release Date

Co-written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival), the 2018 American science fiction thriller Extinction has been scheduled to release in China on January 18. The film follows the protagonist Peter who has recurring nightmares in which he and his family suffer through an alien invasion. Peter’s dream eventually  became reality and he has to fight for their lives and look for the truth. Extinction stars Ant-Man actor Michael Pena and Now You See Me 2 star Lizzy Caplan. Read more on 1905.com

‘The Wild Goose Lake’ Gets One-month Theatrical Extension

Chinese arthouse crime drama film ‘The Wild Goose Lake’ has been granted a month-long theatrical extension to February 5. Opened on December 6, the film has grossed RMB 202 million in ticket sales so far. The  Wild Goose Lake is directed by critically acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Diao Yinan and stars Hu Ge and Kwai Lun-Mei. Read more on Sina