Joe Johnston Set to Helm $100 Million Chinese Sci-Fi Feature, ‘Starfall’

The film will be shot at Wanda’s new Qingdao Studios in China.

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Joe Johnston is returning behind the camera to helm the $100 million budget sci-fi film “Starfall.” Per Deadline, the action movie will be shot at Wanda’s new Qingdao Studios in China and will be produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam and Infinity Pictures’ Dede Nickerson.

Plot details for “Starfall” are under wraps, but the screenplay is written by David Coggeshall and will take place on a space station. Lionsgate, Wanda and Infinity Pictures will co-finance the film.

News of the project was announced Monday during Wanda chairman and CEO Wang Jianlin’s presentation for the new massive studio facility and entertainment complex, which includes a 56,000-square-foot green screen stage that will be used for the film.

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Johnston began his career as an effects artist for the first three “Star Wars” films. He went on to win an Academy Award in 1981 for Best Visual Effects for “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He made his directorial debut in 1989 on the family movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” and is best known for helming “Jumanji,” the critically acclaimed “October Sky,” “Jurassic Park III” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” His last feature film was “Not Safe for Work,” which was released on VOD and DVD in 2014.

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