Netflix’s The Remembrance of Earth’s Past adaptation will be dumbed down unlike Tencent’s live-action and Bilibili’s animated series.
Bad news for fans looking forward to Netflix’s adaptation of The Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy; the series will be highly dumbed down for a western audience and won’t be too faithful to the source material. Game of Thrones producers want to take award winning hard science-fiction story in new direction.
In September 2020 Netflix announced that they penned a deal for a television series adaptation to one of the hardest hitting science-fiction novels of all time, The Three-Body Problem.
The Three-Body Problem is the first novel in The Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, a science fiction series by award winning Chinese writer Liu Cixin.
However, a source close to production has revealed that this Netflix series will “dumb-down” the hard science-fiction elements of the novel to make it more palatable for a more diverse audience.
“Although the series will adhere to the central premise of the original trilogy, it will be significantly simplified for a mass audience. In an effort to convey their own vision to the small screen, the producers wish to emphasise morals and politics rather than hard science-fiction components,” the source claimed.
Fans were angry by Netflix Geeked’s announcement that their version would be just “inspired” by the original trilogy. The insiders’ statements confirm the fans’ concerns.
The Three-Body Problem, the story of humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization inspired by @cixinliu’s renowned novel, will be adapted as a Netflix series from David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo. pic.twitter.com/Dily05j2Vw— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) September 1, 2020
Much too die-hard fan’s dismay, it appears that Game of Throne producers David Benioff, D. B. Weiss and Alexander Woo have “westernised” the characters from the original story by changing the name and races of some key characters.
Eiza González Reyna (Baby Driver), John Bradley West (Game of Thrones), Jovan Adepo (Watchmen), and Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) appear to get the most screen time in the upcoming Netflix series.
While there is no official release date yet announced for The Three-Body Problem Netflix adaptation, filming is currently underway in London, UK, and is set to wrap in August 2022.
Additional, the same producers have also listed The Dark Forrest as an upcoming series which just so happens to be the second Liu Cixin novel in the The Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy.
Fans can anticipate Tencent’s series adaptation of the novel or Bilibili’s animated series, both of which have received rave early reviews.
“The viewers’ enthusiasm gives us great confidence to continue our efforts in developing The Three-Body Problem into an even bigger media property,” said Yao Xu, the CEO of production company The Three-Body Universe. “We would like to give credit to the entire production team for their thorough understanding of the literature, their passion and dedication. We have more in the pipeline, including animations, drama series and films.”
Tecent’s live-action The Three-Body Problem adaptation looks like it could give Netflix a run for its money. The YouTube trailer reveals larger than life set pieces and the production appears to be big budget. Even fans think that Tencent have captured the essence of the trilogy with their visuals.
The live-action adaption of The Three-Body Problem by Tecent could give Netflix a run for its money. The YouTube teaser showcases larger-than-life sets, and the production appears to have a substantial budget. Even aficionados believe that Tencent’s visuals capture the soul of the trilogy.
“This is incredible. They seem to have got so much right. So many scenes in this are just how I imagined them,” one fan said about the trailer.
Tencent’s and Bilibili’s adaptations will premiere later this year (2022) where Netflix’s watered down version likely wont hit the streaming platform until sometimes in 2023.