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Epic ‘Three-Body’ film announced

(ANN/THE CHINA DAILY) – Following the tremendous success of Netflix’s adaptation of “The Three-Body Problem,” which premiered to rave reviews this year, fans of Liu Cixin’s sci-fi magnum opus have even more to look forward to.

Beijing Enlight Media Co, Ltd announced on Tuesday that its movie adaptation will enjoy “limitless” investment, promising a cinematic experience that remains loyal to the original story.


Wang Changtian, chairman of Beijing Enlight Media, made this announcement during the 26th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF). He emphasised that the production will place no upper limit on investment, ensuring a high-quality adaptation.

In a highly anticipated move, acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou has been confirmed to lead the film adaptation.

Known for his work on “Red Sorghum,” “Hero,” and “The Great Wall,” Zhang’s involvement has been years in the making. Wang revealed that the company had been discussing the project with Zhang for many years before he finally agreed to join.

Zhao Jilong, CEO of the copyright holder Three-Body Universe Cultural Development Co, Ltd, expressed hope that the project could eventually spawn a movie series.

The film adaptation will be a joint venture between Beijing Enlight Media and Three-Body Universe, which manages the copyright of “The Three-Body Problem,” except for the original book publication.

Liu Cixin’s Hugo Award-winning trilogy has been translated into more than 30 languages and has seen adaptations in animation, television, and radio dramas.

With Zhang Yimou at the helm and limitless investment backing the project, the film adaptation of “The Three-Body Problem” is poised to be a monumental achievement in sci-fi cinema.

Zhang Yimou, who is now in his 70s, has won dozens of awards around the world. PHOTO: ANN/CHINA DAILY SOURCE