Asimov Foundation

Apple gives Isaac Asimov's ambitious sci-fi tale 'Foundation' 10-episode series order

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Aug 23, 2018

Apple is continuing to rev up its original programming slate with an adaptation of one of the most influential sci-fi trilogies of all time. Apple has ordered a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Isaac Asimov’s Foundation from Skydance Television.

David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade) and Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) will serve as showrunners for the series, with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross, and Robyn Asimov (Isaac’s daughter) set to executive produce.

After its long development history, the fact that Foundation has finally being adapted is a science fiction story in itself. Multiple writers tried and failed to write a script that could encapsulate everything Asimov was trying to do. It went through three different movie studios, Fox, Warner Brothers, and Sony. HBO even attempted to make it a series. If the people that brought us Game of Thrones to TV couldn't do, what chance was there? Apple decided there was One. More. Thing to try. 

Foundation, first printed in 1942, tells the story of humans living all over the galaxy, ruled by the Galactic Empire. The Foundation is a group of engineers who, after predicting the fall of the Empire and a 30,000-year dark age, use their talents to reduce the number to only 1,000 years, saving billions of lives. 

As Apple gets ready to go up against streaming services like Netflix and the upcoming DC Universe, bringing original programming to the table like the Jason Momoa sci-fi series See and the untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller starring Lauren Ambrose will help Apple stand out. Finally cracking the code and bringing one of science fiction’s greatest works to the screen may just be what makes Apple an out-of-the-gate competitor.