Apple TV+ releases sneak peek of Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ ahead of global premiere on September 24th

Apple TV+ today announced the worldwide premiere date for “Foundation,” and unveiled a brand new teaser of the epic saga from visionary showrunner and executive producer David S. Goyer (“Batman Begins,” “Man of Steel”). The teaser showcases the sweeping scope and scale of the eagerly awaited new Apple Original series, which marks the first-ever on-screen adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s iconic, award-winning novel series of the same name. The 10-episode first season of “Foundation” will debut globally on Apple TV+ on September 24, 2021 with the first three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday.

“Foundation” will debut globally September 24, 2021, exclusively on Apple TV+.
“Foundation” will debut globally September 24, 2021, exclusively on Apple TV+.

“In the decades since the ‘Foundation’ series first saw print, Asimov’s prophetic science-fiction work has never been more relevant than it is now,” said Goyer in a statement. “Growing up, I devoured ‘Foundation’ and dreamed of one day seeing it on screen – but a feature film didn’t seem big enough to embrace the ambition. Thanks to the broader landscape of streaming and a valuable partnership with Apple and Skydance, we are able to bring the series to the screen in a way that truly does it justice. ‘Foundation’ has always been at the top of my bucket list and I’m honored I get to play a part in finally bringing it to life. Whether you’re a fan of the novels or simply someone craving a mind-blowing epic, I’m excited to share with you what we’ve created.”

When revolutionary Dr. Hari Seldon predicts the impending fall of the Empire, he and a band of loyal followers venture to the far reaches of the galaxy to establish The Foundation in an attempt to rebuild and preserve the future of civilization. Enraged by Hari’s claims, the ruling Cleons – a long line of emperor clones – fear their grasp on the galaxy may be weakening as they’re forced to reckon with the potential reality of losing their legacy forever.

Starring Emmy Award nominees Jared Harris and Lee Pace, alongside rising stars Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey, this monumental journey chronicles the stories of four crucial individuals transcending space and time as they overcome deadly crises, shifting loyalties and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity. The Apple Original drama also stars Laura Birn, Terrence Mann, Cassian Bilton and Alfred Enoch.

Led by showrunner and executive producer Goyer, “Foundation” is produced for Apple by Skydance Television with Robyn Asimov, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bill Bost also serving as executive producers.

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MacDailyNews Take: They said it couldn’t be done, yet here it comes! We can’t wait to see Isaac Asimov’s amazing “Foundation” on Apple TV+!

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  1. Been a long, LONG time since I read these as a teenager.

    Hope they do justice rather than mold them to current events like OTHER sci-fi classics have done.

    1. Did Asimov write all of these characters as being black? Let black people stand on their own two feet instead of shoehorning them into every show, ad and movie and calling it a day, that’s fake diversity.

      1. It was pretty clear to me reading the books that Asimov assumed that millennia of interbreeding would render race an outmoded concept long before the Galactic Empire. Society would have moved on to other forms of conflict that could be used as allegories for the prejudices of our time (analogs to antisemitism are all over the place in Asimov’s work).

        So to avoid shoehorning fake diversity into the series, they will need to fire all the white actors and replace them with an entirely mixed-race cast.

        1. How dare TxU exclude the most important and prevalent members of the Gaylactic Hollywood Empire! Disgusting bigot!

          …and replace them with an entirely mixed-race (but not white male) LGBTQIA+ cast and characters.

          1. The alternative to literalism that would require an entirely mixed-race cast because that is what the books assume is to cast each part with the actor who is best for that role without reference to his or her skin color or ethnicity. Do you really think there is going to be a distinction between white and nonwhite males (as we know them) in AD 24567 (Year 1 of the Foundation Era)?

            As for sexuality, Asimov wrote in 1962, “I see nothing wrong with homosexuality and what’s more, nothing dangerous either. I am not a homosexual myself, but the population explosion is so dangerous that any device that cuts down the birth rate without doing significant harm should be positively encouraged and defined as a ‘right.’ Homosexuality is one of these.”

            So I suspect that Asimov would also have supported casting the Foundation series with the actors who are best for each role without reference to his, her, or their sexual orientation or identity. Doing so isn’t fake diversity. It is a recognition of the very real diversity of humankind, now and 22 millennia from now.

      2. Race was never mentioned in the books, nor was it applied to physical descriptions. In fact the subject never comes up in any way, shape or form.

        1. What!? Race was never mentioned? But, I thought the color of our skin is the definitive measure of a person; black good and white (and orange) bad. Ban Foundation immediately!

  2. They said it couldn’t be done, because it couldn’t. I remember being aware of that when I read the books. Far too expensive and complex for a TV show. Far too long for a movie.

    But now streaming services can tell stories that could not have been told before. It is still a quite difficult work: No main character in the normal sense. A central theme about inevitability of history. And some jarring anachronisms, like all the cigarettes and the implications that interstellar spaceships run on coal or something since no one wants to educate new nuclear power engineers. I agree with TowerTone, there have been some big disappointments in sci fi lately. Still got my fingers crossed.

  3. Still remember reading the Foundation (and Dune) trilogies when I was about 10 or 11 and the effect they had upon me regarding futurism and technology.
    Sadly, I’ve been let down. 2021 reads closer to home with “Idiocracy”.

      1. The amount of nudity and sex as key plot devices involving the lead Heinlein characters (and not just peripheral figures) would be awkward for a non-XXX streaming service to handle. Even the lead Game of Thrones actors got more conservative over the course of its run. A few years ago, I saw a clip from NYPD Blue on a late night TV talk show. The bare butts that were acceptable on ABC in prime time without blurring in 1993 couldn’t be seen at midnight (EST) 25 years later.

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