Tuesday, September 1, 2020

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Adapt 'The Three-Body Problem' for Netflix

A year after signing the duo to an overall deal, Netflix has today announced its first project with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss - an adaptation of the novel series The Three-Body Problem by Chinese author Liu Cixin.

Following her father's death at the hands of the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution, Ye Wenjie attempts to help aliens invade Earth, while different factions on Earth plan different ways of welcoming the extra-terrestrials.

Benioff and Weiss are writing the adaptation with Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy). They will executive produce with Bernadette Caulfield, Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Rosamund Pike, Robie Uniacke, Lin Qi, Zhao Jilong and Nena Rodrigue. Plan B Entertainment, T-Street Productions and Primitive Streak will produce alongside Netflix

"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," said Benioff and Weiss. "We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world."

"I have the greatest respect for and faith in the creative team adapting The Three-Body Problem for television audiences," added 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."

"It's a privilege to be adapting one of the great masterpieces of Chinese science-fiction," said Woo. "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."