Netflix has literally greenlit the very famous Three-Body Problem which is a sci-fi drama that is created by True Blood’s Alexander Woo and the Game Of Thrones writers David Benioff and DB Weiss. The Three-Body Problem is an adaptation of the award-winning Chinese book trilogy of the same name that is written by Liu Cixin.
Netflix also struck a deal with The Three-Body Universe and Yoozoo Group for the rights to produce an English language adaptation of the books as well. The Sci-fi drama will be produced by the Game of Thrones duo’s Bighead Littlehead production company and this will be many of the projects in their overall deal with Netflix after the feature film of Metal Lords.
In an official press release Benioff and Wiss offered their comments on adapting the Chinese book series into television:
“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.”
Alexander Woo added:
“It’s a privilege to be adapting one of the great masterpieces of Chinese science-fiction. 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.”
They have been attached to this sci-fi project as executive producers are also Star Wars and Knives Out director Rian Johnson as well as actors Brad Pitt and Rosamund Pike. Now, Johnson is no stranger to the television as he helmed the iconic Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias” several years ago.
In the year September 2020, the Three-Body Problem became the subject of controversy as five US Senators that sent a letter to Netflix president Ted Sarandos accusing the streaming service of normalizing the Chinese government’s brutal incarceration of more than 1 million Uyghur Muslims.
Just shortly after a few time, Netflix responded on moving ahead with the project while detaching themselves from Cixin’s controversial comments:
Mr. Liu is the author of the books, not the creator of this series. Mr. Liu’s comments are not reflective of the views of Netflix or of the show’s creators, nor are they part of the plot or themes of the show. We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show. Mr. Liu is a Chinese citizen living in China – he is the author of the books, not the creator of this Netflix series. The creators are David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of Game of Thrones, and Alexander Woo, executive producer/writer on the series True Blood.
What is the plot of the Three-Body Problem?
The story is written by Chinese author Liu Cixin is the three books in his trilogy tells the story of the first human contact with the alien life from the planet called Trisolaris and the conflict between the two species that begins to brew over so many years. Now without getting into the major spoilers, one of the main leads is a scientist who gets disillusioned by the government and humanity in general. This willingly causes the Trisolarians to discover Earth’s location and now prepare for invasion. It would now take them a couple of centuries to get to Earth so humans have still time.
After so many years, Ye is the leader of a secret organization of alien invasion supporters. The group is now bifurcated into two fractions: Ones those who want Trisolarians to invade and improve humanity and the second ones who want the Trisolarians to exterminate humanity. The aliens on their part are now conducting various forms of espionage over the years that is causing mysterious causes of deaths, disappearances and suicides of the key scientific figures.
Liu Cixin himself is very excited about the project and said:
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.
Who is cast in Three-Body Problem?
On October 29, 2021, the streaming giant Netflix announced 12 primary cast members for the series. The list includes:
- Jovan Adepo (Watchmen)
- John Bradley (Game of Thrones)
- Tsai Chin (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)
- Sea Shimooka (Arrow)
- Zine Tseng Saamer Usmani (Succession)
- Benedict Wong (Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)
- Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones)
- Elza González (Baby Driver)
- Jess Hong (Inked)
- Marlo Kelly (Dare Me)
- Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time).
How many episodes the first season will Three-Body Problem have?
According to the reports we don’t have any information on the number of episodes Three-Body Problem will have. No official number has also been given to it. However, it would be safe to say that the first season of the Three-Body problem may either be eight or 10 one hour episodes that are usually most Netflix numbers have.
What’s the production status of the Three-Body Problem?
Netflix’s Three-Body Problem has recently entered the production phase in November 2021 in China and United Kingdom. The filming schedule is planned to begin from November 2021 that will be continued against 2022, as per the reports we got from Production weekly.
When will Three-Body Problem be released on Netflix?
Unfortunately, we don’t have any information about the release date of the Three-Body problem on Netflix. But as the first season is expected to wrap in August 2022, the series might be released in early 2023. So let’s wait and watch.
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