The Game of Thrones finale might’ve gone down like a sack of spuds, but that hasn’t stopped Netflix from teaming up with the duo behind the fantasy series.
The streamer is putting out a wildly ambitious and much-anticipated sci-fi series from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, 3 Body Problem, adapted from a book trilogy written by Chinese author Liu Cixin about humanity’s first contact with aliens.
Benioff and Weiss called the books in The Three-Body Problem trilogy “the most ambition science-fiction series we’ve read”, telling the story of an inter-species conflict between humankind and the aliens, spanning from the Chinese cultural revolution in the ‘60s through to the “end of time”.
Read the official synopsis before watching the teaser trailer:
A young woman’s fateful decision in 1960s China reverberates across space and time to a group of brilliant scientists in the present day. As the laws of nature unravel before their eyes, five former colleagues reunite to confront the greatest threat in humanity’s history.
If those names aren’t doing it for you, Brad Pitt, HBO veteran Alexander Woo (True Blood), Rosamund Pike, and Glass Onion director Rian Johnson are all executive producers on the show, too, the latter of whom is clearly familiar with the genre after his time in the Star Wars trenches.
First look at David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo’s new series ‘3-BODY PROBLEM’.
The series releases in 2023 on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/vo6nPCPod5
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) September 24, 2022
Netflix’s 3 Body Problem has reunited Benioff and Weiss with GoT alum John Bradley, too, who portrayed Samwell Tarly in the fantasy series, as well as Liam Cunningham, who portrayed Ser Davos the Onion Knight. GQ has more:
Netflix’s Tudum blog describes the show as a “sweeping story of Earth’s past, present, and future”, with series co-star Liam Cunningham – who played Ser Davos Seaworth in Thrones – emphasising just how book-accurate the series will be. “The people involved in making this will treat these books with the largest amount of respect that they can possibly give,” he said at Netflix’s annual Tudum event in September last year.
While a specific release date has yet to be announced, Netflix has confirmed 3 Body Problem is scheduled to premiere with eight hour-long episodes sometime in January 2024.
Let’s hope this epic tale won’t fall flat on its back.
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