Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have announced their next TV series as Netflix has confirmed details of the duo’s new scripted series.
Once again, they’re adapting an acclaimed series of novels — only this time in the realm of sci-fi.
Along with True Blood’s Alexander Woo and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman, Benioff and Weiss will executive produce a TV adaptation of The Three-Body Problem.
The series will be based on the Hugo Award-winning novel by Liu Cixin, who will work as a consulting producer on the series, which tells the story of humanity’s first contact with an alien civilisation.
Two sequels, The Dark Forest and Death’s End, will also be adapted as part of the series.
Peter Friedlander, Netflix’s Vice President of Original Series Drama, praised the “singular, special and eminently relatable” story and the “talented and thoughtful creative team” that Netflix has assembled to make the series in a statement confirming the news.
“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,” he said.
“We all share the same goal: to pay homage to this incredible story and take members on the adventure of a lifetime.”
Benioff and Weiss also praised Cixin’s trilogy as the “most ambitious science-fiction series” they’ve ever read.
“[It takes] 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,” they added.
Benioff and Weiss wrapped up the multi award-winning fantasy drama Game of Thrones last year, with the finale getting a slightly mixed reaction after eight seasons of build-up.