Five US Republican Senators have asked Netflix to reconsider its decision to adapt the bestselling novel “The Three-Body Problem” by Chinese author Liu Cixin.
In a letter sent to the Senators on Friday and published by several American media outlets, Netflix assured not sharing the author’s point of view, but stressed that the book or series had no relation to his words. Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackurn referred to comments made by the writer in an interview with New York magazine published in June. When asked about the fate of the Uighur Muslim minority who were the subject of massive incarceration in detention centers, Liu Cixin defended the Chinese authorities. “Would you rather cut up people in train stations or schools with terrorist attacks?” Replied the writer. “Rather, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift it out of poverty.”
“We are concerned about Netflix’s decision to partner with someone who is spreading dangerous Chinese Communist Party propaganda,” Senator Blackburn wrote in a letter Thursday to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO. The letter is based not only on the fact that it is an adaptation of the cult novel by Liu Cixin, but also on the fact that the author is directly connected to the project as a consultant. “We ask Netflix to seriously reconsider its decision and consider” what it means to offer a platform to Mr. Liu by creating this project, “concludes the letter signed by her colleagues Rick Scott alongside Marsha Blackburn, Kevin Cramer, Thom Tillis and Martha McSally.
“Mr. Liu is the author of the book, not the creator of the series,” said Dean Garfield, Netflix vice president of public affairs, in a letter published on Friday by Variety. “We disagree with his statements that have nothing to do with his book or the Netflix series,” he continued. The guide also recalled that Netflix had no activity in China.
The project to adapt the science fiction trilogy “The Three-Body Problem” to a television series, which was unveiled at the beginning of September, promises to be very ambitious. The two developers of the “Game of Thrones” series, David Benioff and DB Weiss, who were recruited by Netflix at a gold price, were particularly involved in the platform. (Belga / Belga)