Filming completed for Chinese TV adaptation of science-fiction novel The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem (2008) is the first book of Chinese author Liu Cixin's trilogy Remembrance Of Earth's Past. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL, TOR BOOKS

BEIJING (XINHUA) - Filming has been completed for Three-Body, a live-action television adaptation of Chinese author Liu Cixin's Hugo Award-winning science-fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem.

The show made the announcement on its official Weibo account on Monday (Dec 14) by releasing a promotional video, which did not specify the date of release.

It said filming took about six months, with the Chinese series' development beginning more than four years ago.

The Three-Body Problem (2008) is the first book of Liu's trilogy Remembrance Of Earth's Past, which revolves around Chinese physicist Ye Wenjie's contact with the Trisolarans, an alien civilisation that exists in a three-sun system, and the centuries-long clashes that follow between earthlings and the aliens.

The second and third books in the trilogy are The Dark Forest (2008) and Death's End (2010) respectively.

Chinese actress Olivia Wang will play the younger version of Ye, while the older version of the physicist will be played by actress Chen Jin. The 24-episode series, which also stars Edward Zhang and Yu Hewei, is directed by Yang Lei.

In 2015, Liu became the first Asian writer to win the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Three-Body Problem.

An animated adaptation of the novel, announced in 2019 as a project by Chinese online video sharing platform Bilibili, is scheduled for release in 2021.

Streaming giant Netflix also announced in September that it was adapting the novel into an English-language TV series helmed by Game Of Thrones show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

The Wandering Earth, a science-fiction short story by Liu, 57, was turned into a 2019 blockbuster film that generated a box-office revenue of 4.68 billion yuan (S$950 million) in China.

Its sequel, The Wandering Earth II, is set for release in 2023, according to an announcement made in November.

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