Apple lands TV series’ rights to Issac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ trilogy

Apple has landed the rights to a TV series adaption of Foundation, the Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy. The project, from Skydance Television, has been put in development for straight-to-series consideration, reports Deadline.

David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman will be executive producers and showrunners. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also will executive produce. 

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Here’s a summary of the premise of the Foundation trilogy: “For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future--to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire--both scientists and scholars--and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun--or fight them and be destroyed.”

This will be Apple’s 12th scripted series. Upcoming original programming titles include "Amazing Stores," "Are You Sleeping," "Home," "Little America," "See," "Swagger," an untitled Damien Chazelle drama, an untitled Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Anniston dreamed, an untitled Ronald D. Moore drama, and an untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller series.


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