Isaac Asimov’s Foundation to be adapted by Apple TV


Apple TV landed the development deal to start the summer and has now announced a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Foundation. Foundation is based on the sci-fi trilogy by Isaac Asimov by the same name.

Foundation, based on the Isaac Asimov trilogy, is the account of the 1000-year saga of The Foundation. The Foundation is a group of fringe refugees who discover that the only way of preserving the Galactic Empire from annihilation is to rebel against it.

After a years-long sage itself, Skydance Television, along with David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman will guide the production. Skydance had made a deal with the Asimov estate for the rights to the work and now has the final production in sight.

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Foundation is credited with inspiring most modern sci-fi works, including Star Wars. If done well, the series should have multiple seasons, forming a ‘foundation’ of sorts for Apple TV’s further expansion into the market.

Goyer and Friedman will serve as executive producers and showrunners while Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross will also executive produce, along with Asimov’s daughter, Robyn Asimov.

Many have wanted to bring the Foundation story to the screen but found the project too daunting. Fox, Warner Bros., HBO, and Sony had have done scripts and found it difficult to capture the whole of the sprawling saga to a feature film or series format.

Goyer has credits as a writer in the upcoming Terminator as well as credits on  The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Ghost Rider, the Blade franchises and Syfy’s Krypton series. Friedman’s resume includes credits on Avatar 2, the War of the Worlds remake and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Skydance Television will have the Foundation series to add to their portfolio of projects which include Altered Carbon, Grace and Frankie, Condor, Dietland and the upcoming Jack Ryan.

Source: Deadline