FilMart: Sean Bean, Gemma Arterton Board China’s ‘Watch The Skies’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Leading British talent Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”), Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are poised to sign up as the voice cast of upcoming Chinese animation “Watch The Skies.” The film is to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

The film is produced by China’s DeZerlin Media and the U.K.’s Zycon Media, and is the
first product of a 10-film and 10 TV series co-production deal between the two companies.

The combined production budget of the slate is some $160 million (RMB1 billion) spread over a period of 8 years. The deal was announced by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in February as part of a package of bilateral creative and cultural collaborations.

“Watch The Skies’ is a coming-of-age sci-fi adventure about an alien boy who crashes on Earth. Along with his plucky young human companions, he must find the parts to reassemble his ship, all the while evading the clutches of a billionaire alien hunter and his security force.

Written and directed by Mark Byers (“Criminal Act,” “The Treatment”), “Watch The Skies” is produced by Zhang Lin, CEO of DeZerlin, and Mohammed Khalid, CEO of Zycon.

The all-star British cast was assembled by casting director Melsie Bourne of U.K.’s The Bourne Consultancy and agent Sara Elman of Advoice, a division of International Talent Group.

“This partnership marks the beginning of the globalization of content created in China and enjoyed by audiences everywhere,” said Zhang.

More Film

  • Taraji P Henson Sam Rockwell

    Taraji P. Henson-Sam Rockwell Drama 'Best of Enemies' Bought by STX

    Leading British talent Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”), Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are poised to sign up as the voice cast of upcoming Chinese animation “Watch The Skies.” The film is to be completed in […]

  • Harrison Ford plane incident

    Harrison Ford Eyes 'Call of the Wild' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Leading British talent Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”), Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are poised to sign up as the voice cast of upcoming Chinese animation “Watch The Skies.” The film is to be completed in […]

  • Matthew Rhys

    Matthew Rhys to Co-Star With Tom Hanks in Mr. Rogers Film 'You Are My Friend' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Leading British talent Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”), Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are poised to sign up as the voice cast of upcoming Chinese animation “Watch The Skies.” The film is to be completed in […]

  • San Diego Comic Con Preview 2017

    Variety Announces Comic-Con Studio and Kick-Off Party With YouTube

    Leading British talent Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”), Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are poised to sign up as the voice cast of upcoming Chinese animation “Watch The Skies.” The film is to be completed in […]

  • Israeli Film Industry Furious Over Proposed

    Israeli Film Industry Furious Over Proposed Funding Changes

    Leading British talent Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”), Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are poised to sign up as the voice cast of upcoming Chinese animation “Watch The Skies.” The film is to be completed in […]

  • Yellow Veil Pictures Launches, Buys German

    Yellow Veil Pictures Launches, Buys German Horror Movie 'Luz' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Leading British talent Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”), Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are poised to sign up as the voice cast of upcoming Chinese animation “Watch The Skies.” The film is to be completed in […]

  • ‘On the Basis of Sex’ Trailer:

    Felicity Jones Channels Young Ruth Bader Ginsburg in First 'On the Basis of Sex' Trailer

    Leading British talent Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”), Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are poised to sign up as the voice cast of upcoming Chinese animation “Watch The Skies.” The film is to be completed in […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content