Apple will be the new home of a TV series based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.
The seminal group of novels are one of the most well-known works of science fiction, influencing the genre for decades since. It should come as no surprise, then, that the books are heading to our TV screens, with Skydance Television inking a deal with the Asimov estate last year. David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman were attached to the project, a combination all but irresitible to broadcasters and streaming players.
Now, Deadline reports that Apple has fought off competition to nab the series for its fledgling stable of original shows. Goyer and Friedman are still attached as showrunners and will exec-produced alongside Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
The Foundation series unfolds against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, which has prospered for 12,000 years. Nobody suspects that the heart of the thriving Empire is rotten, until psychohistorian Hari Seldon uses his new science to foresee its terrible fate. Exiled to the desolate planet Terminus, Seldon establishes a colony of the greatest minds in the Empire, a Foundation which holds the key to changing the fate of the galaxy. However, the death throes of the Empire breed hostile new enemies, and the young Foundation’s fate will be threatened first.
The series follows a failed attempt at HBO to put another small screen adaptation of the novels together with Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan. Goyer, though, has even stronger sci-fi cred, with his resume including everything from Blade to Batman Begins, and Friedman’s CV ranges from the War of the Worlds remake to Avatar 2 and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Apple has put the project in development with an eye for a straight-to-series order. It joins a morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and a reboot of Spielberg anthology Amazing Stories, plus a space drama from Ronald D. Moore, a show from Damien Chazelle, a comedy starring Kristin Wiig, a psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan and a drama called See from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence.