Apple inks deal for Isaac Asimov ‘Foundation’ TV series

“In a competitive situation, Apple has nabbed a TV series adaptation of Foundation, the seminal Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy,” Mike Fleming Jr. and Nellie Andreeva report for Deadline. “The project, from Skydance Television, has been put in development for straight-to-series consideration. Deadline revealed last June that Skydance had made a deal with the Asimov estate and that David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman were cracking the code on a sprawling series based on the books that informed Star Wars and many other sci-fi films and TV series.”

“Originally published as a short story series in Astounding Magazine in 1942, Asimov’s Foundation is the complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire,” Fleming and Andreeva report. “The protagonist is a psycho-historian who has an ability to read the future and foresees the empire’s imminent collapse. He sets out to save the knowledge of mankind from being wiped out.”

“Many top sci-fi writers have done scripts and found it daunting to constrict the sprawling saga to a feature film format,” Fleming and Andreeva report. “Goyer’s credits include co-writing the upcoming Terminator reboot now in preproduction as well as the The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Ghost Rider and the Blade franchises, while Friedman’s include Avatar 2, the War of the Worlds remake and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

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      1. Yes it was:

        Keep in mind that the movie had a number of false starts over many years. It took David Lynch to pull it together into something coherent, sort of. Then the producers chopped it to hell and made a gawd awful mess of it, forcing Lynch to take his name off the credits. The book is incredibly complicated. I was happy both the original film and TV series were as good as they were. Both were severely wanting with regard to the full novel’s story. It’s a book I recommend to every living human who can read. The sequels, meh.

  1. Ahem! Foundation ain’t no trilogy! Here’s the list of books in story chronological order:

    1) Prelude to Foundation
    2) Forward the Foundation
    3) Foundation
    4) Foundation and Empire
    5) Second Foundation

    6) Foundation’s Edge
    7) Foundation and Earth

    #3-5 were the original ‘trilogy’.

    Favorite quote, entirely applicable today:
    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
    ― Isaac Asimov, Foundation

    Further quotes:

  2. While I am not fanatical about tomes nor do I like sci if books, I just finished reading “The 2nd Foundation” after having read “The Foundation” and “The Foundation & Empire” last year. I anjoyed the story because it did not seem like sci if, but more like prophecy and plausible.

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