‘Three-Body Problem’ Netflix Season 1: Everything We Know So Far

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Netflix has officially greenlit Three-Body Problem: a sci-fi drama created by True Blood‘s Alexander Woo and Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Three-Body Problem is an adaptation of the award-winning Chinese book trilogy of the same name, written by Liu Cixin. Netflix struck a deal with The Three-Body Universe and Yoozoo Group for the rights to produce an English-language adaptation of the books. The sci-fi drama will be produced by Game of Thrones duo’s Bighead Littlehead production company and will be one of the many projects in their overall deal with Netflix after the feature film Metal Lords.


From left: creators of Three-Body Problem David Benioff, D. B. Weiss and Alexander Woo

In an official press-release Benioff and Weiss offered their comment on adapting the Chinese book series into television:

“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. We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.”

Alexander Woo added:

“It’s a privilege to be adapting one of the great masterpieces of Chinese science-fiction. The Three-Body Problem trilogy combines so many things I love: rich, multi-layered characters and true existential stakes – all told as an elegant and deeply human allegory. I’m thrilled to kick off my partnership with Netflix with this accomplished creative team.”

Attached to the sci-fi project as executive producers are also Star Wars and Knives Out director Rian Johnson as well as actors Brad Pitt and Rosamund Pike. It is currently unknown whether Rian Johnson will also serve as a director. Johnson is no stranger to television as he helmed the iconic Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias” several years ago.

What is the plot of Three-Body Problem?

Chinese science-fiction writer Liu Cixin with his Hugo Award for his novel The Three-Body Problem

Written by Chinese author Liu Cixin, the three books in his trilogy tell the story of the first human contact with alien life from the planet called Trisolaris and the conflict between the two species that starts to brew over many years. Without getting into major spoilers, one of the main leads, Ye Wenjie is a scientist who gets disillusioned by the government and humanity in general and willingly causes the Trisolarians to discover Earth’s location and prepare for invasion. It would take them a couple of centuries to get to Earth so humans still have time.

Years later, Ye is the leader of a secret organization of alien invasion supporters. The group has broken into two factions: those who want Trisolarians to invade and forcibly improve humanity and those who want the Trisolarians to exterminate humanity. The aliens on their part have been conduction various forms of espionage over the years causing mysterious cases of deaths, suicides and disappearances of key scientific figures. As the years pass, the conflict becomes closer and tenser.

The book author himself, Liu Cixin, is very excited and proud of this partnership with Netflix:

I have the greatest respect for and faith in the creative team adapting ‘The Three-Body Problem’ for television audiences. 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.

Three-Body Problem is an ambitious large-scale story with many interesting characters, locations and plotlines. With luck, this will be a very big hit for Netflix.

Who is cast in Three-Body Problem?

At the moment no cast members for the sci-fi drama are known to us.

How many episodes the first season will Three-Body Problem have?

No official number has been given, but it would be safe to say that the first season of Three-Body Problem may have either eight or 10 one-hour episodes as per the most common Netflix numbers.

What’s the production status on Three-Body Problem?

Currently, no production date is known, but we do know David Benioff and D. B. Weiss may be overseeing the production of their feature film Metal Lords in Fall and Winter 2020, so Three-Body Problem entering production sometime in 2021 would be a logical guess.

When will Three-Body Problem be released on Netflix?

We have no official information on the release date of Three-Body Problem, but if the first season enters production in 2021, it may be released sometime in 2022.