Apple Adds Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series to Its TV Lineup

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Now, Apple just made its growing oeuvre even more interesting with the announcement of a sci-fi series that was previously thought to be unadaptable.

Filmmakers have been trying to crack Isaac Asimov's FOUNDATION series for decades, but that's because Asimov's series of novels, beginning with Foundation in 1966, have been some of the most respected and influential science fiction books possibly ever. The show will be produced by Skydance Television, with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross serving as executive producers on its behalf. The screenplay for the film will be written by David Goyer and Josh Friedman, who will also serve as Executive producers of the show and the showrunners.

Deadline reports that Apple landed the rights to an adaptation of a Foundation TV series after a highly competitive bidding war for the project.


Isaac Asimov was a science fiction writer, and during his lifetime was considered one of the "Big Three" names in the genre, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke.

Apple has recently arranged two seasons of the play on a morning TV program starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and a remake of Spielberg's 1980 sci fi anthology sequence "Amazing tales".

The trilogy consists of Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation, covering an epic story about a galactic empire. Goyer and Friedman have been involved with the adaptation since last June, though they are not the first ones to try. 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 Day director Roland Emmerich. Meanwhile, Friedman is best known for his work on the small screen, working as the writer for the sci-fi TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

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