1st LD-Writethru: Filming completed for highly-anticipated Chinese TV drama "Three-Body"

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  • Tuesday, 15 Dec 2020

BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Filming has been completed for "Three-Body," a live-action TV drama adaptation of Liu Cixin's Hugo Award-winning sci-fi novel "The Three-Body Problem."

The show's official social media account broke the news on Monday in an announcement along with a promotional video, which, however, did not specify the date of release.

"The Three-Body Problem" is the first book of a sci-fi trilogy that revolves around physicist Ye Wenjie's contact with the Trisolaran civilization existing in a three-sun system and the centuries-long clashes that follow between earthlings and the aliens.

Chinese sci-fi fans are looking forward to the adaptation of the critically acclaimed trilogy into movies and TV dramas. An animated adaptation of "The Three-Body Problem," inaugurated last year as a project by the Chinese online video sharing platform Bilibili, is scheduled for online release in 2021.

"The Wandering Earth," a sci-fi short story by Liu Cixin, was turned into a 2019 blockbuster film that generated a total China box office revenue of 4.68 billion yuan (around 716 million U.S. dollars).

Widely hailed as a landmark sci-fi movie, it has bolstered passion for the genre among Chinese audiences and across the film industry, boosting confidence in seeing more such outstanding domestic productions.

"The Wandering Earth II," a sequel to "The Wandering Earth," is set for release in 2023, according to an announcement made last month.

In a related development, "Folding Beijing," a Hugo Award-winning sci-fi novelette by Hao Jingfang, will be adapted into a drama film with its release expected between 2021 and 2022, Wanda Pictures announced in September.

Hao bagged the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2016, making her the second Chinese author to take home a Hugo Award, after Liu Cixin won the Best Novel award in 2015 for his sci-fi bestseller "The Three-Body Problem."

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