Chinese language producer on Netflix’s ‘The Three-Physique Downside’ is ‘poisoned by a co-worker’ and hospitalized
Lin Qi, the chairman of the Chinese company Yoozoo Group (see picture above), was poisoned on December 16. The local media identified his employee as the prime suspect
A Chinese producer of Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the bestselling science fiction book “The Three-Body Problem” was allegedly poisoned while attempting to murder a colleague.
Shanghai police announced that Lin Qi, the chairman of the Chinese firm Yoozoo Group, which sold the customization rights to Netflix, was hospitalized after being poisoned on December 16, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Police received a call the following day about the 39-year-old victim named executive producer on the Netflix adaptation and opened an investigation.
The suspect has now been identified as a 39-year-old surnamed Xu who has since been arrested.
Lin’s condition is described as stable.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Chinese media identified the suspect as Xu Yao, an executive in Yoozoo’s film and television division. Local reports claim that there was a dispute between the company’s executives.
He is said to be a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School who joined the company in 2017 and is currently the director of Yoozoo subsidiary The Three-Body Universe, which owns the rights to the Netflix-adapted novels.
Local media claim that the split in the executive branch led to the attack on Lin, which was allegedly carried out with poison in a cup of pu-erh tea.
“At 5 pm on December 17, 2020, the police received a call from a hospital about a patient surnamed Lin,” the Shanghai police said on Wednesday.
While treating the patient, the hospital said it found that the patient had been poisoned. After the call, the police opened an investigation.
In September it was announced that Netflix had hired the creators of ‘Game of Thrones’, David Benioff and DB Weiss, to direct the English-language adaptation of the Popula series
Liu Cixin’s three-body problem saga consists of the three books and tells the story of Earth’s first contact with an alien civilization. The trilogy became an international bestseller
After an on-site investigation and further interviews, the police determined that a suspect with the surname Xu, who is an employee of the victim Lin, was most likely the perpetrator. Suspect Xu has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing, “he added.
Liu Cixin’s three-body problem saga, which consists of the three books Remembrance of Earth’s Past, The Dark Forest and Death’s End, tells the story of Earth’s first contact with an alien civilization.
The first volume follows Ye Wenjie, who tries to invade Earth from aliens after witnessing her father’s death during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Li Qi, Youzu CEO, was hospitalized after being poisoned but is in a stable condition
Praised for its size and originality, Three-Body Problem became an international best seller and has been translated into dozens of languages.
The trilogy also made history as the first Asian novel to win a Hugo Prize for Best Novel, the highest honor in science fiction and fantasy literature.
The Yoozoo Group and its subsidiary Three-Body Universe had already acquired the rights to the adaptations of the books in 2015, but the English-language version with a large budget was later taken over by Netflix.
In September it was announced that Netflix had hired the developers of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and DB Weiss, to do the job.
It will be Benioff and Weiss’ first dramatic project with Netflix since signing an all-inclusive deal with the streaming giant last year. They are also currently producing the half-hour dramedy The Chair with Sandra Oh, written by Amanda Peet.
It will also be their first expansive, world-building endeavor since Game of Thrones ended on a lackluster note in 2019.
Also on board is an A-list ensemble that includes Rian Johnson from Star Wars, Alexander Woo, co-creator of The Terror: Infamy from AMC, and actress Rosamund Pike and other industry professionals.
The three-body problem author Liu Cixin will serve as a consultant producer alongside Ken Liu, who wrote the English translation for The Three-Body Problem and the sequel to Death’s End.
This is not the first time a scandal has struck the project.
A Chinese film adaptation of Three-Body Problem began in 2015 but never reached production.
The Yoozoo Group said they were working with Cixin on the film and a video game version, but there were reports of issues on the set soon and the July 2016 release date was postponed.
A release date for 2017 was also later set with some Chinese science fiction fans accusing Yoozoo of abandoning the project.
Author of the Liu Cixin trilogy
That seemed confirmed when the company sold the rights to Netflix earlier this year.
But the controversy didn’t stop there.
Shortly after the Netflix customization was announced, the streaming giant received a letter of complaint from a group of Republican senators claiming that the production would “normalize” China’s human rights abuses by working with the saga’s author.
They referred to a 2019 New York interview with Cixin in which he responded to a question about China’s mass internment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province by saying, “Would you rather hack away corpses at train stations and schools during terrorist attacks? ? If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift it out of poverty. ‘
Netflix responded by stating that Cixin’s books differed from his views and that she, Benioff and Weiss do not share those views.
They said the comment “had nothing to do with his book or this Netflix show” and that the company “judged individual projects on their merits.”
Benioff and Weiss have also remained confident about the project.
“Liu Cixin’s trilogy is the most ambitious science fiction series we’ve read. It takes readers on a journey from the 1960s to the end of time, from life on our pale blue point to the far edges of the universe.” they subsequently said The Netflix Project has been released.
“We look forward to spending the next few years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.”
Chen Fang, co-president of Yoozoo Group, told the local media that reports of executive fighting were not true. Pictured at China Digital Entertainment Expo in July
The poison victim Lin is a Chinese gaming tycoon and has an estimated net worth of $ 1 billion, according to the South China Morning Post.
He founded Yoozoo in 2009, best known for developing Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming.
Netflix has yet to comment on the poisoning.
Chen Fang, co-president of Yoozoo Group, told the local media that reports of executive fighting were not true.
‘We hope radical people and [such] Conduct will not change our good wishes for the world or our goals, ”Yoozoo told employees, the Port of Morning reported.
“The company is operating normally,” it added after its stock fell 3 percent on Wednesday following the announcement.
According to Variety, the company had net profits of $ 75.8 million that year.