Netflix just announced its plans to turn Cixin Liu’s “Three-Body Problem” trilogy into an original, English-language science fiction series.


The show will be executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (the “Game of Thrones” showrunners signed a multi-year deal with Netflix last year that is reportedly worth more than $200 million), along with Alexander Woo, who previously served as showrunner for “The Terror: Infamy.”

该剧的编剧兼监制是大卫·贝尼奥夫(David Benioff)、D.B. 威斯(D.B. Weiss)以及亚历山大·伍(Alexander Woo)。其中2DB是《权力的游戏》制片人,去年与网飞签约数年,合约据说价值2亿多美元。而亚历山大·伍之前是《极地恶灵》第二季的制片人。

“The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman are on board as executive producers (Benioff and Weiss spent some time working on a since-abandoned Star Wars trilogy), while Liu and his American translator Ken Liu (no relation) will serve as consulting producers.

《星球大战:最后的绝地武士》的导演莱恩·约翰逊(Rian Johnson)及其制片合伙人拉姆·伯格曼(Ram Bergman)担任本片监制(贝尼奥夫和维斯花了些时间处理被搁置的星球大战三部曲)。而刘慈欣和他作品的英文译者刘宇昆(两人没有亲缘关系)则担任制作顾问。

“I have the greatest respect for and faith in the creative team adapting The Three-Body Problem for television audiences,” said Cixin Liu in a statement. “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.”


First serialized in China in 2006, “The Three-Body Problem” and its sequels “The Dark Forest” and “Death’s End” (the whole series is also known as “Remembrance of Earth’s Past”) tell the story of humanity’s encounter with a mysterious alien race known as the Trisolarans. After its American publication in 2014, “The Three-Body Problem” was the first Asian novel to win science fiction’s Hugo Award and it attracted high-profile fans, including President Barack Obama. The series has sold at least 8 million copies worldwide.


The trilogy is distinguished by its wildly inventive plotting, its detailed scientific extrapolation and its broad perspective, ultimately covering a vast swath of human history. I’d also argue that “The Dark Forest” includes the most spectacular space battle ever committed to print.


“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.”


Meanwhile, a cinematic adaptation of Liu’s novel “The Wandering Earth” was released last year and became one of China’s highest-grossing films of all time.