News News TV | Written by Kris Heys 24/08/2018

Apple Commits to Asimov’s FOUNDATION

Apple continue to gear up to compete with existing streaming giants Netflix and Prime, with the announcement of yet another show now in production – better still, unlike Carpool bloody Karaoke, this is right up STARBURST’s street! An adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s wildly ambitious sci-fi novel Foundation has now been granted a full series order of 10-episodes, skipping the traditional pilot process entirely. For those unfamiliar with the initial premise of the space saga, read on for the book’s synopsis:

The Galactic Empire has prospered for twelve thousand 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.

Given the expanse of Foundation’s story (Asimov compiled the first book in 1951, and continued it with a further 7 over the years), we’d expect this Season 1 to be very much the beginning of something that will be with us for a long time to come. Well, if anybody tunes in of course.

Tasked with making sure the people do watch are genre mainstays David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), with Skydance Television (their movie division are responsible for recent smash Mission: Impossible - Fallout) on producing duties. Asimov’s daughter Robyn will also serve in an executive producer role.

Foundation joins the Amazing Stories reboot, the future-set See from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, and untitled genre shows from both M. Night Shyamalan (The Happening) and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) currently in development for Apple’s streaming service. If you were struggling keeping up with your favourite content now, we all better best brace ourselves for 2019 and beyond!

As always, we’ll have more on Foundation as it builds…

Source: Deadline

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