Netflix is adapting Liu Cixin's international best-selling sci-fi novel with 'Game of Thrones' and 'True Blood' writers on board.
Sci-fi lovers, unite! Netflix is adapting Liu Cixin's international best-selling sci-fi novel The Three-Body Problem into a television series with the big names attached to produce the show.
Star Wars and Knives Out director Rian Johnson and actors Brad Pitt and Rosamund Pike on board as executive producers.
The on-screen adaptation will be created by True Blood‘s Alexander Woo and Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.
The Three-Body Problem is still in the very early stage, so there is not a lot of information available yet. We will continue to update this article once Netflix releases new information.
Here is what we know so far.
Three-Body Problem has the potential of becoming one of Netflix's biggest titles. The sci-fi novel in which the show is based is highly-ambitious, with an intricate plot and rich characters.
The trilogy novel written by Liu Cixin follows the tale of the first human contact with alien life from a planet called Trisolaris and the brewing conflict between the two species.
One of the main characters is Ye Wenjie, a scientist who is tired of the government and humanity. He led the aliens to discover Earth’s location. The Trisolarians would take a couple of centuries to travel to Earth, so humans still have time to prepare for the invasion. Years later, Ye heads a secret organization of alien invasion supporters.
The group was divided into two factions: those who want the aliens to invade and forcibly improve humanity and those who want the extraterrestrial beings to exterminate humans.
On the other hand, the Trisolarians have been doing various forms of espionage over the years, causing mysterious cases of deaths, suicides, and disappearances of important scientific figures. The brewing war goes even hotter as the years pass by.
Author Liu Cixin is ecstatic about the partnership with the giant streamer.
"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," the author said in a statement.
The series is still in the early stages of development, so there is currently no release date. The series is also yet to enter production. We are expecting to hear more updates once production begins.
Netflix has not announced an official casting so far, so we will have to keep an eye on that. Don't worry because we will update this article from time to time once we get new information.
An entry on issue 1235 of Production Weekly titled The Dark Forest has the same production team as Three-Body Problem, with Benioff, Weiss, Woo, Johnson, Pitt, Pike.
The Dark Forest is the title of the second novel in Liu Cixin's trilogy. The project's logline is also similar to the book.
In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion-in just four centuries’ time. The aliens’ human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth’s defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, and sociologist are baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he’s the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.
The Dark Forest might be a second series set in the universe.