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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 with a screenplay Ronald Bass, Barry Berman, Laura Harrington, and James Schamus. It is based on the historical/science fiction novel The Moon and the Sun (1997) 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 byBill Mechanic
Ronald Bass
Barry Berman
Laura Harrington
James Schamus
Based onThe Moon and the Sun
by Vonda N. McIntyre
StarringPierce Brosnan
Kaya Scodelario
Benjamin Walker
William Hurt
Rachel Griffiths
Fan Bingbing
Music byGrant Kirkhope
John Coda
Joseph Metcalfe
CinematographyConrad W. Hall
Edited byJohn Gilbert
Bliss Media
Brookwell McNamara Entertainment
Good Universe
Lightstream Pictures
Pandemonium Films
Distributed byOpen Road 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. Open Road Films will release the film.



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.



The film version of The Moon and the Sun was produced by Bliss Media and Lightstream Pictures in partnership with Kylin Pictures. Pang Hong (Painted Skin: The Resurrection), Wei Han of Bliss Media, and Paul Currie are also producers. The movie stars Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV, Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing as the mermaid, Kaya Scodelario as Marie-Joséphe, and William Hurt as Pere de Chaise (a character created for the movie). Filming was set to take place in Melbourne, Australia in April 2014, with two weeks of filming also planned in Versailles, France. Barry Berman, James Schamus, Laura Harrington, and Ron Bass wrote the screenplay. Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer) directed the film. The $40 million budget was co-financed by U.S. and Chinese sources. The film's rights were previously acquired by Universal's Focus Features, while international sales would be handled by Good Universe.[1][2] On August 15, 2014, it was announced that Paramount Pictures acquired the US distribution rights to the film.[3]


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.[4][5][6] 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.[7] 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.[8] The filming wrapped-up at the end of May 2014 in Australia.[7]


On August 15, 2014, Paramount announced the release date for the film on April 10, 2015.[3] 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.[9] The film was later retitled to The King's Daughter, and negotiations are ongoing with a new U.S. distributor.


  1. ^ Groves, Don. "Australia attracts The Moon & the Sun". Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Frater, Patrick. "Mechanic's 'Moon' Finally Set to Shoot in Melbourne with Chinese Finance, star". VARIETY. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Kilday, Gregg (August 15, 2014). "Paramount Sets Release for Pierce Brosnan's 'The Moon and the Sun'". Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  4. ^ Groves, Don (September 26, 2013). "The Moon and the Sun to shoot in Victoria". Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Quinn, Karl (May 3, 2014). "Pierce Brosnan fantasy The Moon and the Sun overcomes the tyranny of distance". Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  6. ^ "Pierce Brosnan caught in character while filming The Moon and the Sun in Melbourne". May 7, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Moon and Sun filming in Docklands". Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Farrago (May 2, 2014). "Film set on Old Quad - UMSU". Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.

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