Three Body Problem
Liu Cixin / Hayakawa

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Netflix is adapting the best-selling international novel trilogy The Three-Body Problem into a live-action drama series.

The Three-Body Problem is a science fiction novel by Chinese author, Liu Cixin. It is a classic novel about the first contact between humans and an alien civilization, but its depiction of an alien civilization that surpasses the imagination, the drama of humanity on the brink of survival, and the scale of the story that expands at an accelerated rate with each volume, have made it a work that has won many awards around the world, exceeding the boundaries of "Chinese SF" and "Asian SF". In Japan, the second part of the trilogy, The Dark Forest, has just come out in Japanese translation from Hayakawa Shobo.

Netflix is producing this trilogy of The Three-Body Problem as an English-language, live-action drama series. The production team includes David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as executive producers and writers. The duo is best known for the hugely successful Game of Thrones, the live-action series adaptation of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy novel. The script was also written by Alexander Woo, who wrote the drama series, The Terror.

Also on board as executive producer is Rian Johnson, best known for his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Knives Out, as well as his production partner, Ram Bergman.

Original author Liu Cixin and Ken Liu, who translated the book into English and introduced The Three-Body Problem to the world, will serve as consulting producers.

Comments from the original author and executive producer are as follows

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. 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.”

Speaking of the duo of Benioff and Weiss, they announced that they would be filming a new Star Wars movie at Disney following the end of the Skywalker 9-part series, after the huge success of Game of Thrones and an epic contract battle as companies went all out for streaming video services.

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But then, for an unbelievable amount of money, they also signed a deal with Netflix to produce a new film, and Star Wars was dropped because they were too busy working on a Netflix film and didn't have enough time to produce both at the same time.

There was a lot of attention paid to what kind of film they would be canceling Star Wars to produce, but when you hear The Three-Body Problem you have to agree, "Oh...".

No word yet on when The Three-Body Problem Netflix versions will begin airing.

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.