Apple nabs rights to Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ TV adaptation

‘In a competitive situation, Apple has nabbed a TV series adaptation of Foundation, the seminal Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy. The project, from Skydance Television, has been put in development for straight-to-series consideration. Deadline revealed last June that Skydance had made a deal with the Asimov estate and that David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman were cracking the code on a sprawling series based on the books that informed Star Wars and many other sci-fi films and TV series. Goyer and Friedman will be executive producers and showrunners. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also will executive produce.

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Foundation is the complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. The protagonist is a psycho-historian who has an ability to read the future and foresees the empire’s imminent collapse. He sets out to save the knowledge of mankind from being wiped out. \

Asimov’s trilogy has been tried numerous times as a feature film at Fox, Warner Bros (with Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who greenlit The Lord of the Rings), and then at Sony with Independence Daydirector Roland Emmerich.

Goyer’s credits include co-writing the upcoming Terminator reboot now in preproduction as well as the The Dark KnightBatman Begins, Ghost Rider and the Blade franchises, while Friedman’s include Avatar 2, the War of the Worlds remake and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Apple’s worldwide video programming team is led by Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. Apple also has given straight-to-series orders to Amazing Stories, a re-imagining of the anthology from Steven Spielberg, a Ronald D. Moore space drama, a Damien Chazelle series, a comedy starring Kristin Wiig, world-building drama See from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, as well as an M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller.

Skydance Television adds Foundation to a series slate that includes Altered CarbonGrace and Frankie, Condor and the upcoming Jack Ryan and Dietland. This becomes the second reinvention of classic sci-fi for Skydance’s Ellison, who is resurrecting The Terminator with James Cameron and Deadpool director Tim Miller.

Goyer is repped by WME and John LaViolette, Friedman by UTA and Karl Austen.’

Via Deadline

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