Based on Lui Cixin’s enthralling novel series The Three Body Problem, Beinoff and Weiss describe the books as “the most ambitious science-fiction series we’ve read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s until the end of time.”
The Three-Body problem won the Hugo award for fantasy fiction in 2015 and is the first Chinese science-fiction novel to be translated into English.
Beinoff and Weiss were creators, writers and showrunners of Game of Thrones, adapted from George RR Martin’s hit novels. Whilst Alex Woo, who has worked on a range of television series including True Blood, called it an “elegant and deeply human allegory”.
The Three-Body Problem is the story of humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization, with science, interweaved with fiction, all drawn together by the story of all of humanity vulnerable to the same threat, with insight into how this both unifies and divides us.
With Liu acting as a consulting producer for the series, a talented and thoughtful creative team has been assembled to produce the English-language series adaption, including writer Rose Cartwright, author of Pure (Now a major Channel 4 series) – Cartwright’s memoir on her ten-year struggle with ‘Pure O’, a little-known form of OCD, which causes her to experience intrusive sexual thoughts of shocking intensity. A brave and frequently hilarious account of a woman who refused to give up, despite being undermined at every turn by her obsessions and enduring years of misdiagnosis and failed therapies.
Although Cartwright never imagined she would find herself writing Sci-Fi, she has been drawn to it and forced by the circumstances of her life and mind to question the nature of her reality and what is real. Which in itself, is a key feature of the sci-fi genre.
Cartwright secured the position as a writer for the upcoming series, off the back of a script she wrote about intergenerational trauma, which includes her experience of taking magic mushrooms and trauma work.
Author and consulting producer Lui Cixin commented: “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.”