Having picked up the rights in April, Apple has now handed out a ten-episode straight-to-series order for a TV series adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s seminal sci-fi novel trilogy “Foundation”.
Originally published as a short story series in Astounding Magazine in 1942, “Foundation” is the complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy and living under the rule of the Galactic Empire.
The action follows 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.
Numerous attempts have been made to adapt it for film and HBO tried a series attempt with the likes of Roland Emmerich and Jonathan Nolan attached.
The current version has David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “Da Vinci’s Demons”) and Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds,” “Emerald City”) as executive producers.
This is only the second Apple series to start in development and get a series order, the other being the Lizzy Caplan and Aaron Paul-led “Are You Sleeping”. That series made headlines today with actress Moon Bloodgood dropping out of the series despite having filmed four episodes. Production on the series has gone on temporary hiatus and she will be recast with her scenes reshot.