The King's Daughter (upcoming film)

The King's Daughter (previously titled The Moon and the Sun) is an upcoming American action-adventure fantasy film directed by Sean McNamara from a screenplay by Barry Berman and James Schamus. It is based on the 1997 novel The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre. The film stars Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV, Kaya Scodelario as Marie-Josèphe, and Benjamin Walker as Yves De La Croix.

The King's Daughter
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySean McNamara
Produced byBill Mechanic
David Brookwell
Paul Currie
Wei Han
Hong Pang
Screenplay byBarry Berman
James Schamus
Based onThe Moon and the Sun
by Vonda N. McIntyre
StarringPierce Brosnan
Kaya Scodelario
Benjamin Walker
William Hurt
Rachel Griffiths
Fan Bingbing
Narrated byJulie Andrews
Music byGrant Kirkhope
John Coda
Joseph Metcalfe
CinematographyConrad W. Hall
Edited byJohn Gilbert
Bliss Media
Brookwell McNamara Entertainment
Lightstream Pictures
Pandemonium Films
Distributed byArclight Films
CountryUnited States

Principal photography began in early April 2014 in Versailles, France. Production then began on April 23 in Melbourne, Australia after a two weeks shoot in France. The shooting for the film wrapped-up in the end of May 2014.


King Louis XIV's (Brosnan) quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid's life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter's discovery of the creature.



Plans for a movie adaptation of The Moon and the Sun began in 1999. Producer Michael London proposed the adaptation to Jim Henson Pictures, who said he was drawn to "the weird juxtaposition (of) a completely imagined creature in this very specific historical world." Theatre director Christopher Renshaw signed on to direct, while Laura Harrington would write the screenplay with McIntyre's involvement. Stephanie Allain and Kristine Belson signed on as executive producers for Jim Henson Pictures.[1] Following Sony terminating their joint venture with The Jim Henson Company thus ending Jim Henson Pictures, production was shelved until film producer Bill Mechanic joined production and revived the film with Walt Disney Pictures after signing a five-year deal with the company in December 2001. Mechanic planned for the film to start pre-production in early 2002, with Natalie Portman to star, James Schamus to revise the script, and Gregory Hoblit to possibly direct. The Jim Henson Company would also remain as a producer.[2]

In August 2013, it was announced that Sean McNamara would direct the film. The casting included Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV, Fan Bingbing as the mermaid, and Bill Nighy as Pere de Chaise, a character created for the movie. Nighy pulled out of the film due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by William Hurt weeks before filming.[3] Mechanic, still remaining on the film, had also revised the script with Barry Berman and Ronald Bass. Chinese film company Kylin Films invested $20.5 million into the movie, making it China's biggest financial contribution to a non-studio film produced outside China.[4] In June 2020, it was announced Julie Andrews would narrate the film.[5]


The principal photography on The Moon and the Sun began in early April 2014 on location at the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France. After the two weeks shoot in France, the production moved to Australia to shoot at Docklands Studios Melbourne and on location in Melbourne, Victoria and its surroundings.[6][7][8] Filming commenced on April 23 in Melbourne, Docklands, and its surroundings. From May 6–8, filming took place at the Melbourne City Marina on the Enterprize ship for the recreation of a ship in a stormy Northern Sea at night in the year 1648.[9] On May 2, 2014, the production filmed on location in Old Quad at The University of Melbourne with the set transformed into a Versailles abbey.[10] The filming wrapped-up at the end of May 2014 in Australia.[9]


On August 15, 2014, Paramount Pictures announced the release date for the film on April 10, 2015, while international sales would be handled by Good Universe.[11][12][13] Paramount cancelled the release date just three weeks before the film was set for a wide release and set for an unspecified future release date.[14] A source close to the film claimed that the film needed more time to complete the special effects work.[15][16] The film was later retitled to The King's Daughter, and on June 1, 2020, Arclight Films acquired distribution during the 2020 Cannes virtual event.[5]


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  2. ^ Harris, Cathy Dunkley,Dana; Harris, Cathy Dunkley, Dana (2001-12-11). "Mouse calls a Mechanic". Variety. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Quinn, Karl (2014-05-09). "William Hurt shoots for the Moon (and the Sun)". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Sandy George2014-05-29T15:57:00+01:00. "China's Kylin ploughs $20.5m into Brosnan film". Screen. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Kay, Jeremy (June 1, 2020). "Julie Andrews joins Arclight sales title 'The King's Daughter' as narrator (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved June 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  12. ^ Frater, Patrick. "Mechanic's 'Moon' Finally Set to Shoot in Melbourne with Chinese Finance, star". VARIETY. Retrieved November 11, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Kilday, Gregg (August 15, 2014). "Paramount Sets Release for Pierce Brosnan's 'The Moon and the Sun'". Retrieved December 17, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ A. Lincoln, Ross (March 20, 2015). "Paramount's 'The Moon And The Sun' Off Schedule, Release Set For 'Same Kind Of Different'". Retrieved March 23, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Paramount Takes Pierce Brosnan's 'The Moon and the Sun' Off Release Schedule". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  16. ^ Kilday, Gregg (August 15, 2014). "Paramount Sets Release for Pierce Brosnan's 'The Moon and the Sun'". Retrieved August 17, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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