Netflix responds to letter “Three Body Problem”

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Netflix Vice President of Global Public Policy Dean Garfield has released a firm response to a letter sent to his boss Ted Sarandos last week by five Republican U.S. senators.

These Senators had problems with the streaming service’s project for “Game of Thrones” executive producers David Benioff and DB Weiss to adapt Chinese author Liu Cixin’s sci-fi trilogy “The Three Bodies Problem” on humanity’s first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization.

The problem they see is that by adapting the work, they are “normalizing” the Chinese government’s brutal incarceration of more than one million Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Now Garfield, in a letter now to Deadline, politely reminded lawmakers in his letter that “Netflix does not operate a service in China” and meant to make it very clear that, simply because the author of the book series argues the policy of his government, Netflix or the producers do not.

Garfield says, “Netflix judges individual projects on their merits. Mr. Liu is the author of the book – The Three Bodies Problem – not the creator of it. We do not agree with his comments, which have nothing to do with his book or this Netflix show… Mr. Liu’s comments do not reflect the views of Netflix or the show’s creators, nor do they form part of the plot or themes of the show. ”

The deal is part of Benioff and Weiss’ global $ 300 million deal with the company. Brad Pitt’s Plan B, filmmaker Rian Johnson and actress Rosamund Pike have all been linked to the project, while “True Blood” and “The Terror: Infamy” producer Alexander Woo will write and executive produce.

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