He described the creative team, which includes executive producers Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman, who have worked together on films including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as “fierce supporters of source material.”
Benioff and Weiss said the books were “the most ambitious sci-fi series we’ve read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s to the end of time, from life on our pale blue dot to distant fringes of the universe ”. Woo called it an “elegant and deeply human allegory”.The Three-Body Problem, which won the Hugo Prize for Fantasy Fiction in 2015, and its sequels are international bestsellers; fans include Barack Obama, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. The first Chinese science fiction novel to be translated into English, its success has been credited with sparking a new wave of Chinese fantasy writing.
In a 2016 interview with The Guardian, Cixin said the success of his books “supports an idea I once had: science fiction as a literary ship is the most global, the most universal. [storytelling], with the capacity to be understood by all cultures. Science fiction novels are concerned with the problems facing all of humanity.
Cixin will act as consulting producer for the series, alongside Ken Liu, who translated the first and third books of the trilogy.
Benioff and Weiss were creators, writers, and showrunners of Game of Thrones, adapted from the bestselling novels by George RR Martin. The series aired for eight seasons until 2019. The pair were previously attached to a Star Wars film trilogy slated for 2022, but left the project to focus on their Netflix commitments.