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Rian Johnson, David Benioff and DB Weiss working on new sci-fi series The Three-Body Problem
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Rian Johnson, David Benioff and DB Weiss working on new sci-fi series The Three-Body Problem

If you're a fan of science fiction then you may already be aware of Liu Cixin's hit novel The Three-Body Problem. First published as a serial throughout 2006 in Science Fiction World and released as a book in 2008, the novel's subsequent English translation by Ken Liu helped The Three-Body Problem become the first Asian novel to win a Hugo Award in 2015.

A Chinese-language film adapted from the story was previously put into production before being indefinitely postponed, but the hit sci-fi novel has now become the subject of a new series commissioned by Netflix - and they've assembled quite the team to pull it off.

The Last Jedi and Knives Out director Rian Johnson will join forces with Game of Thrones duo David Benioff and DB Weiss to adapt Liu Cixin's story, with both the author and translator Liu involved as consultants, and with The Terro's Alexander Woo also on board for the new series.

Set in alternate history beginning with the Cultural Revolution in China, the story centres around a woman so angered by the purges that she hijacks a government program designed to make contact with alien life. When she is successful in doing so, she triggers a series of events that brings Earth into conflict with a superior species which threatens to destroy the planet.

In a statement about the new project, Benioff and Weiss said: “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."

 

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