Netflix has hired the Game of Thrones team – showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss – to produce a scifi show out of Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem novel.
The title refers to the three-body problem in orbital mechanics. It is the first novel of the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, which Chinese readers refer to as The Three-Body Problem. The second and third novels in the trilogy were The Dark Forest and Death’s End.
The novels feature an alternate history where the Earth is awaiting an invasion from the closest star system, which in this universe consists of three solar-type stars orbiting each other in an unstable three-body problem, with a single Earth-like planet unhappily being passed among them and suffering extremes of heat and cold, as well as the repeated destruction of our civilisations.
Liu Cixin 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.”
“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,” Weiss added.