Announced by the streaming giant on Twitter, the duo will be working with Alexander Woo (True Blood) to adapt Liu Cixin‘s trilogy on humanity’s first contact with aliens to the screens.
The Three-Body Problem saga was first published in Mandarin in 2008 and was later translated to English by Ken Liu. The novel became the first Asian novel ever to win a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2014.
“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,” Benioff and Weiss said in a statement. “We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.”
Liu Cixin and Ken Liu will serve as consulting producers on the project.
“I have the greatest respect for and faith in the creative team adapting The Three-Body Problem for television audiences,” Liu shared. “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 honour 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.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones producer Bernadette Caulfield will serve as executive producers. Joining the project are also actor Brad Pitt via his production company Plan B Entertainment and actress Rosamund Pike through her Primitive Streak production company.
Netflix is set to adapt the entire trilogy. Apart from that, no other details about the production or release date have been announced.