The acclaimed trilogy of the Science Fiction Foundation of Isaac Asimov could finally reach television. Deadline reports that Apple is putting an adaptation into development, which adds to the company's growing list of original content offerings, as it seeks to compete with companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Disney.
The program comes from David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and the upcoming TV program Snowpiercer), who began working on the project last year with Skydance Television. The studio also worked on Altered Carbon this year. If the project advances, it will be a great property for Apple: the novels are incredibly popular readings, and have served as a basis (forgive me) for other science fiction stories, such as Star Wars. The deadline states that Apple is developing the project with a view to a direct order to series.
Apple has already given the green light to a series of shows as it prepares to increase its own video transmission service, which could arrive as early as next March. The company has invested $ 1 billion for new shows and has ordered a series in Battlestar Galactica's Bat Moore space, a reboot of Amazing Stories (although showrunner Bryan Fuller has left the project for creative differences), a futurist, Hunger Games: Catching Fire-style drama by Steven Knight called See, and an untitled drama about a morning show on the network, starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.
The Asimov Foundation first appeared in Astounding Science Fiction as a series of short stories between 1942 and 1950. Although he lived by reading and writing historical fiction, the research required to write real historical fiction was not practical, he wrote in his biography, I, Asimov . Instead, he decided to invent his own: a "historical novel of the future, a science fiction story that reads like a historical novel". After reading Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, he realized that he could do something similar: tell the story of the rise and fall of a galactic civilization.
He brought the idea to his editor in the magazine, John W. Campbell Jr., who liked the idea, and conceived it as a "long and open saga of the fall of the Galactic Empire, the Middle Ages that followed, and the eventual emergence of a Second Galactic Empire. "Asimov eventually collected the five resulting short stories in Foundation, which told the story of a mathematician and psychologist who predicts the fall of the 12,000-year-old Galactic Empire, and creates a repository of knowledge called the Encyclopedia Galactic, designed to avoid the next dark ages.
The series follows the development of this foundation, the fall of the empire and the efforts to re-establish a galactic civilization. The next novel, Foundation and Empire, documents the struggles between the remnants of the Empire and the Foundation, as well as the emergence of a singular figure known as The Mule, which seeks to destroy the Foundation. Second Foundation, the final novel of the original trilogy follows The Mule's efforts to destroy the Foundation and its followers. Asimov then returned to the universe in the 1980s with several additional sequels, Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth, and finally linked the series with his equally famous Robot sequence with Robots and Empire. The trilogy got praise from fans and even won a unique Hugo Award for "Best Series of All Time" in 1966. Book fans include Elon Musk, who included a copy of the novels aboard the Tesla Roadster that he released to space earlier this year, and the series has certainly provided some inspiration for more familiar science fiction stories like Star Wars and Frank Herbert's Dune.
An adaptation of Foundation could give Apple an advantage when it comes to competing with other streaming services, almost all of them are watching big and complicated science fiction and fantasy dramas. In recent years, Hollywood has increasingly turned to genre novels to adapt to shows and movies, resulting in incredible productions such as The Expanse by Syfy, The Man in the High Castle of Amazon, Altered Carbon by Netflix and Lost in Space. , Game of Thrones by HBO and The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale by Hulu.
That race of original content is only heating up: AMC has just ordered a series based on the horror novel NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (Hulu also ordered an adaptation of his comic book, Locke & Key, but finally transmitted it, it is being bought in other networks), Amazon is developing a series based on Iain M. Banks's Phlebas, adaptations of Ringworld, Snow Crash and Lazarus, a show set in JRR It is rumored that Tolkien's Middle-earth is considering an adaptation of the problem of the three bodies by Cixin Liu; Disney is planning a live Star Wars show by Jon Favreau of Iron Man, while Hulu ordered an adaptation of Catch-22 with George Clooney. That's an incredibly busy field for Apple to jump: for sci-fi fans, it's a golden age of generally well-designed scripted dramas that are doing justice to some of the classic stories of the genre.
There have been efforts to adapt the series before: The BBC adapted the novels as a radio drama in 1973, but the first attempt for the film came from New Line Cinemas in 1998, which went nowhere. In 2009, the director of Stargate and Independence Day, Roland Emmerich, came together to develop and direct an adaptation, which also failed. After the production stalled, HBO acquired the rights in 2016 and brought Jonathan Nolan to write a series based on the novels, only to be dropped in favor of Nolan's work at Westworld. Looking at the scale of the novels, it is easy to see why these previous projects could have failed: packing a book as a Foundation, with its many characters, locations and jumps in time simply would not translate into a two-hour movie. But now we are in the golden age of scripted genre television, where studies have found that the medium is adequate to tell a complicated and expanding story.