Coming from an award winning sci-fi book series, highly successful after an English translation, The Three Body Problem adaptation has high expectations for Netflix. Fans will have mixed feelings over David Benioff and D.B. Weiss leading the series based off of how much enjoyed, or did not enjoy, Game of Thrones. Those are big names though which shows how much effort is going into the project.
The author has made controversial comments publicly regarding China and their policies so don’t expect too much involvement from him.
This page was updated: 9/24/22
About The Book:
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
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Current Production Status:
Filming is expected to wrap in August 2022.
The Three Body Problem Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in 2006 serialized in a magazine issues. In 2008 it was published as a book, and then in 2014 Tor Books released an English translation which won a Hugo Award.
Netflix announced The Three Body Problem adaptation in September 2020, with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss attached to develop the series. In August 2021 Eiza González was rumored to be in negotiations to join the cast. She was confirmed along with numerous other casting announcements in October 2021.
Filming began in November 2021 and is expected to last until August 2022.
In September 2022, during Netflix’ TUDUM event, it was confirmed to have a 2023 release coming.
Who Owns The Rights:
Bighead Littlehead and Plan B Entertainment are producing the series. Netflix has the distribution rights.
Who Is Attached:
Eiza González and Benedict Wong are starring with John Bradley, Liam Cunningham, and Tsai Chin in supporting roles.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones) have been leading the adaptation.
There is little information on where the series was filmed, so far production listings have only stated the United Kingdom.
A release in 2023 has been confirmed.
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Other Adaptations From This Author:
There have been no other English adaptations from Liu Cixin’s works.
The Three Body Problem Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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