Today, Netflix has announced that as part of a deal with rights-holders The Three-Body Universe and Yoozoo Group, the streaming giant has been granted the rights to produce the English-language series adaptation of the Hugo Award-winning The Three-Body Problem from acclaimed Chinese author Liu Cixin. Cixin and Ken Liu serve as consulting producers for the mind-bending drama, alongside some other big names that’ll read as either very promising or major red flags depending on who you are.
The news was originally revealed in a blog post by VP of Original Series, Peter Friendlander, excerpted below:
“The first time I read The Three-Body Problem trilogy (Remembrance of Earth’s Past), it changed what science fiction meant to me forever.
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.”
Of the creative team, he says:
“That team starts with writers and executive producers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones), and Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy, True Blood), who have experience tackling ambitious sagas over time and space, as well as executive producers Rian Johnson and producing partner Ram Bergman (Looper, Knives Out, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi), who have long dazzled fans with thrilling and mind-bending epics. As soon as we started discussing this project, I would receive frequent emails from them and we would discuss the books compulsively whenever we were in touch. They are all fierce advocates for the source material.”
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That creative team themselves weigh-in:
Author & consulting producer Liu Cixin: “I have the greatest respect for and faith in the creative team adapting The Three-Body Problem for television audiences,” said Liu Cixin. “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.”
Writers and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: “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.”