Netflix has announced plans to adapt the bestselling sci-fi novel The Three-Body Problem, with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss set to write and produce alongside Alexander Woo, who was showrunner on AMC’s second season of The Terror. Joining as an executive producer is Last Jedi and Knives Out director Rian Johnson and his frequent collaborator Ram Bergman
An international smash hit trilogy by author Liu Cixin, The Three-Body Problem tells the story of humanity’s first contact with extraterrestriels, stemming from a Chinese space-op originating during the Cultural Revolution. In 2015 it took the Hugo Award for Best Novel, making it the first Asian novel to do so. Sequels The Dark Forest and Death’s End form the trilogy, collectively known as Remembrance of Earth’s Past.
The series is said to be “English-language,” which raises questions as to how this will impact the adaptation of what is quite clearly a Chinese story. Liu sounds optimistic about the project, saying his books set out to “[transcend] time and the confines of nations, cultures and races,” so the English adaptation shouldn’t be a concern. Meanwhile, Weiss and Benioff called the trilogy “the most ambitious science-fiction series we’ve read,” while Woo called the books an “elegant and deeply human allegory.”
It’s a major project for Netflix, whose deal with the Game of Thrones showrunners has been known for some time now. Fingers crossed for a fresh and massive series for genre fans to invest in as we hear more about The Three-Body Problem in the coming months.