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Iron Sky 3 to shoot in China, with Chinese partners


- While awaiting the premiere of the second film in the series, Finnish director Timo Vuorensola has been preparing for Iron Sky: The Ark, from a Chinese scriptwriter and co-producer

Iron Sky 3 to shoot in China, with Chinese partners
Timo Vuorensola, the director of the Iron Sky films

While Iron Sky: The Coming Race – the second film in Finnish director Timo Vuorensola’s action-sci-fi-comedy series – is in post-production and has been scheduled for an autumn 2017 premiere, it has been confirmed that the third instalment in the franchise, Iron Sky: The Ark, will start shooting in China, staged by Finland’s Iron Sky Universe and China’s Shandong Jiabo Culture Development.

“This is a big step for our mission to expand the Iron Sky [+see also:
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franchise globally – the Chinese film market is the fastest-growing one in the world and is expected to surpass the US market in a few years,” said Vuorensola, who also made the first Finnish-Chinese kung-fu film, Jade Warrior [+see also:
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, in 2005.

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Finnish producer Tero Kaukomaa will continue his collaboration with Vuorensola, which started with the kung-fu movie, and now sees the inclusion of Chinese producer Max Wang, who has also supplied the original script. Wang co-produced French director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem [+see also:
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(2015), which grossed more than $100 million at the Chinese box office.

“The script is great and fits in perfectly with my vision of what the Iron Sky universe should be all about – conspiracies, visually stunning action and loads of fun,” explained Vuorensola, whose 2012 feature became a global phenomenon, smashing down the barriers of the independent sci-fi action genre.

“We are thrilled with Iron Sky: The Ark – a Chinese story and a dream on the big screen, and an innovative model for production, which contributes to the richness of international cooperation in the Chinese film market,” said Xianqiang Song, CEO of Jiabo Culture.

The film, which will be ready for the theatres in 2018, will be executive-produced by May Hee, CEO of Canada’s Longevity International Enterprises. “This is a perfect match, a powerful merging of an international film series with the Chinese market,” she added.

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