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GoT showrunners adapting The Three-Body Problem for Netflix

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  1. heypartner

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    Posting Hugh Howey's retweet for good luck. He's an avid Rockets fan.

    GO ROCKETS!!!
     
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    Did some reading on the book and the plot is interesting but seems a bit convoluted for a TV show they will have to condense it considerably which will probably piss of the book readers.
     
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    GoT TV creators didn't even read GoT. What makes you think they're gonna read this?
     
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    After GoT I'm not watching anything else from them until they finish the series. Not worth it if they get bored in the middle and short change / don't care about the ending.
     
  5. Jontro

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    if we get the showrunners from the last 2 seasons of got, probably not a good thing.
     
  6. jiggyfly

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    Um Ok?
     
  7. steddinotayto

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    In my opinion GoT went downhill when they ran out of source material from Martin to adapt and had to rely on their creativity. I might be wrong considering I'm not a GoT diehard but that's what it looked like at a high level. That being said, if Netflix can provide the budget and the source material is complete I think this series will be fine.
     
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    Xerobull Dumbest guy in the room
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    I absolutely love these books! Very, very hard scifi and I hope they keep it Chinese-centric as part of the charm was reading a book set in a very alien culture (to me).

    I am concerned about the showrunners, though, because:

    You're 100% right, I've read the GOT books multiple times and it turned into a rushed bucket of tripe at the end of the show.

    I was so pumped for this new Netflix series – until I saw who’s behind it

    Netflix gave book-lovers a reason to celebrate on Tuesday, with news that the streamer has green-lit an adaptation of one of the most acclaimed science fiction series of all time. It’s The Three-Body Problem, a book series whose fans include some illustrious names you might have heard of, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin, and President Barack Obama.


    Obama, in fact, once told The New York Times that the first book in the series was fun to read and made his squabbles with Congress seem small, by comparison. Joshua Rothman of The New Yorker, meanwhile, once referred to the series’ author Liu Cixin as “China’s Arthur C. Clarke.” All of which is to say, there’s an immense amount of prestige and fandom already attached to this adaptation that no doubt appealed to Netflix from the get-go. But what might give some book fans pause, however, are the names attached to the project who’ll be bringing it to fruition: None other than the controversial showrunners for HBO’s adaptation of the Game of Thrones books — David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

    “Since my earliest days at Netflix working on series like Black Mirror and Sense8, I’ve sought out stories and (points of view) that are singular,” Netflix Vice President of Original Series Drama Peter Friedlander said in a news release. “This story felt singular, special — and eminently relatable. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that the Hugo Award-winning The Three-Body Problem and its two sequels are coming to Netflix as a series.

    “We have been granted the rights from The Three-Body Universe and Yoozoo Group to produce the English-language series adaptation and have assembled a talented and thoughtful creative team to do so. Every person involved not only shares a passion and high esteem for the books, but also the creative vision and ambition to help bring this remarkable story to life for audiences around the world.”

    The creative team behind this adaptation includes writers and executive producers Benioff and Weiss, as well as Alexander Woo. Executive producers Rian Johnson (whose last film Knives Out I supremely enjoyed), as well as his producing partner Ram Bergman, are also attached. The books’ author, Cixin, is also working as a consulting partner herein alongside Ken Liu, who wrote the English translation for The Three-Body Problem and Death’s End.

    Weiss and Benioff shared the following joint statement about their involvement in the project: “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.”

    Let’s not forget, though, just how much baggage each of those Game of Thrones vets brings to this project. Once HBO’s hit series moved beyond the source material of Martin’s books for the final season, for example, to some people it revealed that the emperors have no clothes and showed Weiss and Benioff to be talentless hacks. So much so that the final season of Game of Thrones is regarded by some fans as one of the greatest disappointments in TV history. The final season of Thrones even sparked a massive wave of protests against the showrunners, with nearly two million fans having signed a petition asking HBO to remake the final season with more competent writers. We’ll see if the two chastened writers fare better this time around.
     
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    What an absolutely weird world. There is not a single possibility that Trump would have ever even heard of this series much less have read it. I hope after Trump/Biden; Andrew Yang or someone like him comes along and can combine being a leader with intellectualism again.
     
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    It's my ardent hope we can go upward from here. Best case scenario:

     
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    Gonna pass on anything from those two.

    Fk them for destroying GoT.
     
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    OMGGGG YESSSSSS!!!!!

    I’m a ******* unashamed fanboi for this book series! So damn excited

    has anyone watched the Chinese tv show made from it? Any reviews? I heard poor feedback

    I always felt so elite for having read and loved these books; definitely felt like I was ahead on D&I because of it. I’m going to miss the feeling of superiority after more people get into this
     
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    I don't think a lot of people have the capacity to read these books all the way through. They are very jarring to the common Western reader, who is milk-fed on books like The Da Vinci Code. So if this show is good and a success, you can always say 'I read the books'; and most people will say 'I tried but it was just too weird'.

    BTW, The Dark Forest was my favorite.
     
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    Yeah - For their own benefit, I hope people do read it, ignoring the campy parts and appreciating the big picture concepts the books cover.

    Dark Forest is my favorite as well; I love the length of the game, how logic prevails, and that it came full circle. Even exploring ideas like “Her” was done supremely well.
     
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    As long as they are strictly adapting a finished product I might be interested. They hit GOT out of the park when they had source material, after they ran out the writing became an absolute joke, but the overall production quality never faltered.
     
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    Those two guys were not part of the secret sauce that made Game of Thrones good, for the time it was good. It doesn't help sell me on future projects. But, Netflix cash and a good book series to build off of might do the trick.

    I might not find out. On the verge of dropping Netflix these days anyway.
     
  18. Commodore

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    I wonder if this will get changed so China is not mentioned, or it will just be some fictional empire

    when was the last time the entertainment industry made anything critical of the CCP?
     
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  19. heypartner

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    I'm not really up on that type of critique of GoT ... ie who did what.
    So, question: If they weren't a part of the secret sauce from the beginning, who were?
     
  20. FlyerFanatic

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    picked up the books not too long ago based off a reddit suggest a book thread think it was someone asking for books similar to the martian?.. had never heard of them previously. people were saying its the best sci fi book series ever. should crack those open soon i guess
     
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