Game of Thrones creators to adapt Chinese sci-fi novel for Netflix
This will be the first major series the pair have worked on since the fantasy juggernaut ended last year.
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are to helm a series adaptation of the Chinese sci-fi novel The Three Body Problem for Netflix.
Written by bestselling author Liu Cixin, it spans from the Cultural Revolution to hundreds of years in the future as humanity makes its first contact with an alien civilization.
Alexander Woo, whose previous credits include vampire drama True Blood and The Terror: Infamy, will join them as a writer.
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman will be amongst its executive producers while Cixin and fellow author Ken Lui, who translated the first and third novels into English, will be on hand as consultants.
The duo has also signed on to adapt its two sequels, The Dark Forest and Death’s End, which were published in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
The Three Body Problem will be the first project to emerge from the multi-million-dollar deal Benioff and Weiss signed with the streaming giant last year.
“[Cixin’s] ability to interweave science with fiction made his vision of the future and extraterrestrial contact feel more realistic than any other science fiction I’ve read,” said Peter Friedlander VP of original series at Netflix.
“I was also drawn in by the story of all of humanity [being] vulnerable to the same external threat and how this both unifies and divides humans.”
Source: The Guardian