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3 Body Problem Being Turned Into a Movie From Hero, The Great Wall Director

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3 Body Problem Being Turned Into a Movie From Hero, The Great Wall Director

Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem is being turned into a movie by Hero director Zhang Yimou. The announcement comes shortly after Netflix released the first season of their own adaptation of the source material, 3 Body Problem.

Yimou will direct an adaptation of The Three-Body Problem for Enlight Media. The project is currently in pre-production, while future details remain under wraps at this time.

Yimou is best known for directing 2002’s Hero with Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Maggie Cheung. He also directed 2016’s The Great Wall with Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal, along with 1991’s Raise the Red Lantern, 2004’s House of Flying Daggers, and 2006’s Curse of the Golden Flower, among other titles.

Netflix is also working on more 3 Body Problem

Published in 2008, The Three-Body Problem is the first entry in a sci-fi novel trilogy by Cixin. While it has been adapted and served as inspiration for other projects in the past, it was recently and notably turned into a Netflix series by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, and Alexander Woo.

The first season of Benioff, Weiss, and Woo’s series premiered on Netflix in March 2024. It stars Jovan Adepo as Dr. Saul Durand, John Bradley as Jack Rooney, Rosalind Chao as Dr. Ye Wenjie, Liam Cunningham as Thomas Wade, Eiza González as Dr. Augustina Salazar, Jess Hong as Dr. Jin Cheng, Marlo Kelly as Tatiana Haas, Alex Sharp as Dr. Will Downing, Benedict Wong as Clarence Shi, and Jonathan Pryce as Mike Evans.

“A young woman’s fateful decision in 1960s China reverberates across space and time to a group of brilliant scientists in the present day,” the synopsis for the series reads. “As the laws of nature unravel before their eyes five former colleagues reunite to confront the greatest threat in humanity’s history.”

Netflix’s 3 Body Problem was renewed for a second and third season in May 2024. Premiere dates have not yet been set.

A release date for Yimou’s adaptation of The Three-Body Problem has also not yet been announced.