Apple picks up TV series based on Asimov's "Foundation" novels

Apple picks up TV series based on Asimov's

It obviously made more sense to turn Asimov's expansive epic into a television series, and Apple has won the TV series adaptation in a competitive situation.

The book trilogy-comprised of the novels "Foundation", "Foundation and Empire", and "Second Foundation"-takes place in a time when the Milky Way is under the control of the Galactic Empire".

But now David S. Goyer (who we'll next be hearing from as the executive producer and writer of Syfy's Krypton) and Josh Friedman are tackling the extraordinarily dense and cerebral series for Skydance Television.

Originally published as a short story series in Astounding Magazine in 1942, Asimov's Foundation is the complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. Even the Game of Thrones' creative team would marvel at the number of empires that rise and fall in Foundation.

In the past, the highly sought-after Foundation material has been in the works as a feature film at Fox, Warner Bros, and Sony.

Apple is adding another space drama to its roster. A series version was formerly attempted at HBO in 2015 with Westworld executive producer Jonathan Nolan, according to Deadline, though none of those projects ever came to fruition given the books' vast scope. It received a straight-to-order series, as did the retooling of the Steven Spielberg anthology Amazing Stories. In other words, Apple is stepping up to be a big player in the television and streaming world with so much strong competition from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

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