Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the minds behind bringing "Game of Thrones" to life on the small screen, have set their sights on a new project. The Emmy winners announced on Tuesday that they have teamed up with Netflix and Alexander Woo ("The Terror: Infamy") to write and produce another sci-fi TV series based on "The Three-Body Problem" trilogy of novels by Chinese author Liu Cixin. The story is about humanity's first contact with an alien civilization.
Fresh off of adapting a book series that did pretty well as a TV show, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are bringing another trilogy of novels to the small screen. Along with Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy and True Blood), they'll write and executive produce a Netflix show based on Liu Cixin's sci-fi novel The Three-Body Problem and its two sequels. 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. Netflix picked up the rights for an English-language adaptation of the Hugo Award-winning trilogy, which tells "the story of humanity's first contact with an alien civilization." Woo described it as "one of the great masterpieces of Chinese science-fiction."
Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines for Oct. 29 are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. "Game of Thrones" screenwriters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have reportedly walked away from a blockbuster deal with Disney's Lucasfilm to launch a "Star Wars" film trilogy. Benioff and Weiss, who made the wildly popular HBO franchise based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, told Deadline.com "We love Star Wars," the statement read.
The petition has already gained more than 350,000 signatures from disgruntled viewers who were upset with Daenerys Targaryen's big twist in the penultimate episode, where the mother of dragons burned Kings Landing to the ground. "Game of Thrones" earned a record-breaking 32 Emmy nominations for its final season, including writing and directing nods for the series creators, despite fans maligning it as being poorly executed. The eighth and final season of HBO's massively successful drama beat out the all-time series record of 27 Emmy nods previously set by "NYPD Blue" in 1994. If "Game of Thrones" defends it best drama series title and claims a fourth trophy, it will join the quartet of most-honored dramas that includes "Hill Street Blues," ''L.A. Law," ''The West Wing" and "Mad Men." 'GAME OF THRONES' AUTHOR GEORGE R.R. MARTIN TALKS ABOUT THE'TOXIC' INTERNET FAN BACKLASH The series earned one of the most highly coveted nominations, outstanding drama series. Stars Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke earned outstanding lead actor and actress nominations respectively.
The announcement that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be crafting the newest additions to the Star Wars universe is the latest sign that the franchise's endless expansion is creating little in the way of opportunities for new filmmakers. While Marvel and DC have been diversifying their directorial ranks, and reaping commercial and critical windfalls from that strategy, Star Wars seems unable to look beyond the ranks of the tried and true, or at least white and male. After the Benioff-Weiss news broke, Variety's Maureen Ryan crunched the numbers and came up with a sobering statistic: Of the 24 people hired to direct, write, or "otherwise take the creative lead" on Star Wars projects over the past 41 years, only one--Empire Strikes Back co-screenwriter Leigh Brackett--was a woman, which comes out to an abysmal 4 percent. The percentage of people of color is easier to calculate: It's zero.