Studio 8's 'Alpha' Secures China Release Date

Alpha Trailer Still - H 2017

The company's Chinese majority shareholder, Fosun Group, is expected to give the film an added marketing push in the Middle Kingdom.

Studio 8's long-in-the-making period adventure film Alpha has locked down its China release date.

The film will open across the Middle Kingdom on Sept. 7. 

Directed by Albert Hughes, Alpha takes place 20,000 years ago in Europe, during the last ice age. The story centers on a young man (X-Men: Apocalypse's Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is injured and left for dead by his tribe while on a hunt. The young tribesman then finds and befriends a wolf, who has been abandoned by his pack, and the two team up to fight for survival. Johannes Haukur Johannesson co-stars.

Studio 8 was founded in 2014 by former Warner Bros. boss Jeff Robinov. The company has a distribution deal at Sony but its principle backer is Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group, which can be expected to give Alpha a heavy push in the Middle Kingdom.

Alpha will hit Chinese screens following Marvel and Disney's Ant-Man & the Wasp on Aug 24 and Paramount's Mission: Impossible — Fallout on Aug. 31.

Alpha opens in North America courtesy of Sony Pictures on Friday, Aug. 17.