Published on April 14th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner2
David Goyer and Josh Friedman adapting Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy
With the reboot of Amazing Stories, the futuristic world-building drama See, and a new sci-fi drama from Ronald D. Moore in development, Apple has given sci-fi fans much to look forward to. The excitement level just fired its afterburners, however, now that we know they’ll be bringing us an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.
Initially reported earlier this week at Deadline, Skydance Television will be developing the project with David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman serving as executive producers and showrunners. If those names sound familiar, there’s very good reason for that. Amongst Goyer’s credits are The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Ghost Rider and the Blade franchises, while Friedman has been attached to the War of the Worlds remake and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. That’s quite a pedigree, and a project of this scope will need it.
As reported by Deadline:
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. 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. Even the Game of Thrones‘ creative team would marvel at the number of empires that rise and fall in Foundation. Asimov’s trilogy has been tried numerous times as a feature film at Fox, Warner Bros (with Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who greenlit The Lord of the Rings), and then at Sony with Independence Day director Roland Emmerich. Many top sci-fi writers have done scripts and found it daunting to constrict the sprawling saga to a feature film format. Most recently, HBO tried developing a series with Interstellar co-writer and Westworld exec producer Jonathan Nolan, but a script was never ordered.
In other words, it’s a daunting task that could actually prove too much for Apple and the creative team. Considering the trouble Apple has had retaining showrunners (they lost Bryan Fuller from Amazing Stories, and creator and showrunner Jay Carson recently left the Jennifer Aniston / Reese Witherspoon morning show drama project), a series this massive is fraught with peril. That’s not to say it can’t be done, of course, as proven by the BBC who successfully brought it to radio in 1973. It helps that a project of this scope can be much more easily developed across a 10 to 20 episode series than across three movies.
Despite nearly a dozen shows having now been announced by Apple, we still know practically nothing about when or how we’ll see them. Regardless, Apple has given fans of sci-fi and quality literature plenty of reasons to keep their eyes open for an official announcement. The moment that happens, BEST Apple TV will be sure to let you know.