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Game of Thrones co-creator admits there's ‘more pressure than usual’ to deliver on new Netflix project

Game of Thrones co-creator admits there's ‘more pressure than usual’ to deliver on new Netflix project

3 Body Problem comes from Alexander Woo and the co-creators of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss might have made a name for themselves with Game of Thrones, but they're now looking to make history with a new Netflix project.

After working with HBO for eight years on Game Of Thrones, the creators left the platform behind and have since teamed up with Netflix for their next project.

Benioff and Weiss are now back with 3 Body Problem, which releases on the popular streaming platform this week. You can check out the trailer here:

The film makers are teaming up with Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy and True Blood) to bring the book franchise to screen.

Starring the likes of John Bradley, Liam Cunningham, Eiza González, Jess Hong, Benedict Wong and Jonathan Pryce, the GOT creators hope some familiar faces will bring them back to the glory days.

But the famous duo are joined by a third film maker this time, Woo.

Speaking of how the coloration between the trio came about, Benioff tells UNILAD: "It all goes back to Peter Friedlander [Head of Scripted Series at Netflix], who was the matchmaker in all of this."

Weiss adds: "We were having some dinner with Peter Friedlander and Cindy Holland. And Peter asked us, 'Have we ever read these Three-Body Problem books?' [This was] before we went to work for Netflix.

"I knew about them, mainly just because on the front cover there's a blurb from President Obama, which is unusual that a Chinese science fiction novel would have learned from the president."

3 Body Problem is next from the creators of Game of Thrones.

Beinoff and Weiss went on to read the novels, and immediately knew they wanted to work on the series after finishing them.

"I think we're both intimidated by the prospect and also kind of thrilled by that added challenge of it, because the books are massive," Weiss explains.

After establishing they were going to bring 3 Body Problem to screen, Benioff and Weiss were introduced to Woo by Friedlander - and the rest, as they say, is history.




"Peter had called me up a few months after Dan and David had signed up and he said, 'We have this fantastic project, but we can't tell you what it is,'" Woo tells UNILAD.

The Netflix executive said the project involved working with the Game of Thrones creators and with Woo being a 'big fan', he couldn't turn it down.

While a new project is exciting for any film maker, Weiss admits there is 'more pressure' than usual with 3 Body Problem.

While Game of Thrones was beloved for many years - with the first two seasons earning 90 and 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes respectfully - everyone knows how the fantasy franchise concluded.

And to say that fans were not happy with the ending is an understatement.

David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, and Alexander Woo at the 3 Body Problem world premiere.
Getty Images for Netflix

Despite that, Weiss will not be making comparisons to the 'Thrones experience', even if the pressure may be higher due to the perception of the final series.

Weiss explains: "We tried not to compare it to the Thrones experience because that was a specific experience that was very related to that place in time in which it happened.

"There's always pressure and in this case, there was maybe more pressure than usual to try to come up with something that felt exciting.

He adds: "[Also it had to] feel new and different and not feel like any in any way a retread of the ground that we'd spent the past ten years of our lives covering.

"So that was a big component of the pressure - striking out in a different direction and really wanting to make sure that it wasn't like what we had done before."

3 Body Problem is streaming on Netflix from 21 March.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Netflix, Game of Thrones, Film and TV