One of the most eagerly-anticipated shows coming to Netflix is surely 3 Body Problem – a science fiction epic from the minds behind the Game of Thrones series. However, while it was due this year, it seems to have encountered a few problems of its own.
First it was put back to January 2024, but now seems to have been rescheduled for a release 21 March next year. That was revealed at the end of an intriguing exclusive clip posted by the streaming service recently.
In it, it shows Jack Rooney (played by GoT stalwart, John Bradley) discussing a strange VR headset device with "no logos" and "no screen" and then putting it on. This, as we are told, transports him into another world that's indistinguishable from reality.
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What is 3 Body Problem?
As with Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have drawn from a cult book series for their new show – The Three-Body Problem trilogy by Chinese author Cixin Liu. They have been joined on the production team by Alexander Woo, who has previously won numerous awards for his writing work on True Blood.
The Netflix show also stars renowned British actor Jonathan Pryce and Liam Cunningham – another couple of nods to GoT – plus Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) and Rosalind Chao (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
The clip above, plus an earlier teaser, show a hugely ambitious series which, we have learned, spans different timelines and centres on a forthcoming potential alien invasion of Earth.
Certainly, from what we've seen so far, the show looks to be every bit the blockbuster we'd expect from the executive producers, and this could be a real groundbreaking moment for Netflix – a return to form, if you like.
After numerous price hikes and cancellations, it really needs a water cooler TV series to compete with the likes of Apple TV+ and Disney+ when it comes to quality of content again. 3 Body Problem could well prove to be the ticket.
We'll find out next March.