Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced last year that they were developing an epic Netflix series called Three Body Problem, based on a trilogy of sci-fi novels written by Chinese author Liu Cixin. Now, Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Tsang, whose 2019 film Better Days was nominated for an Academy Award for best international feature film, will direct the first episode and set the tone for the series. Eiza González (Baby Driver, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) is also in talks to star in the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cixin’s novels tells the story of what happens when
humanity discovers that we are not alone in the universe and prepares for an alien force arriving from a distant and inhospitable world. The title refers to the aliens’ star system, which has three stars orbiting each other in such a way that an Earth-type planet between them keeps suffering extreme hot and cold temperatures, repeatedly wiping out its intelligent civilizations.
Three Body Problem is co-created, written, and executive produced by Benioff and Weiss, with Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy) on board as co-creator, writer, and executive producer. Along with Zhao Jilong, CEO of rights holder The Three-Body Universe, and Lin Qi, the late chairman of rights holder Yoozoo Group, Rian Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Bernadette Caulfield, Ram Bergman, Nena Rodrigue, Robie Uniacke, and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment are executive producing.
I haven’t read the original material, but an alien invasion series always has the potential to be exciting, and it’s cool that Benioff and Weiss are following up Game of Thrones with something completely different. (I’ve never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones, but I’ve seen enough to know that this isn’t the same.)
The Three Body Problem was the title of the first novel in Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. The second novel was titled The Dark Forest and the third Death’s End.