The duo will turn Chinese author Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem science-ficiton trilogy into a TV series, the streaming company announced on Tuesday. They will act as writers and executive producers.
Cixin is attached to the project as a consulting producer.
“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, Weiss and Benioff said in a statement.
“We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.”
Cixin said he has “the greatest respect for and faith in” the team assembled to bring the show together.
“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,” the author added.
“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.”
The Three-Body Problem, the first instalment in the trilogy (which later gave it its name), came out in 2008 in China. An English translation followed in 2014 and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015.
It’s followed in the trilogy by The Dark Forest and Death’s End.
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