Apple has inked a deal for a TV series adaption of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation science fiction novels, reports Deadline. The series, created by Skydance television, is in development for straight-to-series consideration.
Skydance last June scored the rights to Asimov’s estate, and since then, David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman, who will serve as executive producers and showrunners, have been working on developing a TV show based on the Foundation books. Goyer has previously worked on “The Dark Knight,” “Batman Begins,” Ghost Rider,” and more, while Friedman is known for “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Emerald City.”
Foundation is Isaac Asimov’s most popular and well-known science fiction series, which includes titular novel Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation, along with additional books Foundation’s Edge and Foundation and Earth.
The series follows psychohistory expert and mathematician Hari Seldon who is able to predict the future. Seldon creates a group called the Foundation to preserve humanity’s collective knowledge ahead of the impending fall of the Galactic Empire. The novels span many years and cover the rise and fall of multiple empires, so it isn’t a simple undertaking to adapt it into a TV show.
Along with the Foundation-based TV show, Apple is working on several other science fiction shows, including a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” an untitled space drama developed by Donald D. Moore, best known for the 2004 reboot of “Battlestar Galactica,” and an epic world-building drama called “See,” which is set in the future.
Apple has more than a dozen TV shows in development in total, and rumors have suggested we could see the first of these debut starting in 2019. For a full list of what Apple’s working on, make sure to check out the original content section of our Apple TV roundup.
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