Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made a huge splash when they signed on to Star Wars. They made a bigger splash when they signed off, instead opting to do an overall deal with Netflix. It’s been a solid year since that deal was put in place. Now, they have their first official project. It’ll be a sci-fi TV drama based on a trilogy of books from Chinese author Liu Cixin.
The project is called The Three-Body Problem, and it is a first contact story, which has all sorts of possibilities within it. And, as exciting and interesting as that sounds by itself, that’s not even the craziest part. The Game of Thrones creators have a bevy of creative partners acting as executive producers. This includes Alexander Woo, Rian Johnson, and Rosamund Pike, among others.
Author Liu Cixin will serve as consulting producer along with Ken Liu, who translated the first and third book in the trilogy into English.
Admittedly, this tale doesn’t sound like it has a lot in common with Game of Thrones, but apparently, it has a scope to fit.
“The first book tells the story of Ye Wenjie, who following her father’s death at the hands of the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution attempts to help aliens invade Earth, while different factions on Earth plan different ways of welcoming the extra-terrestrials.”
About the series, Benioff and Weiss said: “Liu Cixin’s trilogy is the most ambitious science-fiction series we’ve read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s until the end of time, from life on our pale blue dot to the distant fringes of the universe. We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.”
Netflix vice president of original series drama, who oversaw series like House of Cards, seems very keen on the project.
“It changed what science fiction meant to me forever,” he said. “Although it may seem like a familiar premise – the story of humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization – Chinese author Liu Cixin’s ability to interweave science with fiction made his vision of the future and extra-terrestrial contact feel more realistic than any other science fiction I’ve read. At the same time, I was also drawn in by the story of all of humanity vulnerable to the same external threat and how this both unifies and divides humans,” he said. “Since my earliest days at Netflix working on series like Black Mirror and Sense8, I’ve sought out stories and POVs that are singular. This story felt singular, special – and eminently relatable.”
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Liu Cixin said, “I have the greatest respect for and faith in the creative team adapting The Three-Body Problem for television audiences. I set out to tell a story that transcends time and the confines of nations, cultures and races; one that compels us to consider the fate of humankind as a whole. It is a great honor as an author to see this unique sci-fi concept travel and gain fandom across the globe and I am excited for new and existing fans all over the world to discover the story on Netflix.”
Alexander Woo, who is writing executive producing the series, added, “It’s a privilege to be adapting one of the great masterpieces of Chinese science-fiction. The Three-Body Problem trilogy combines so many things I love: rich, multi-layered characters and true existential stakes – all told as an elegant and deeply human allegory. I’m thrilled to kick off my partnership with Netflix with this accomplished creative team.”
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