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Apple’s Foundation TV series has lost one of its showrunners. Co-showrunner Josh Friedman has exited the upcoming series adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s groundbreaking sci-fi novels, leaving co-writer David S. Goyer as the sole showrunner of this ambitious, long-awaited project.

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Apple is moving forward with their previously-announced Foundation TV series. The Isaac Asimov adaptation has landed a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Apple’s fast-developing streaming service. Batman v Superman writer David S. Goyer and War of the Worlds writer Josh Friedman will serve as executive producers and showrunners on the series, which will try to turn Asimov’s complex saga into something cinematic.

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Apple is slowly establishing itself as a TV network to watch, announcing a steady stream of high-profile projects led by some of the biggest names in Hollywood. 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.

Foundation TV series from Batman v Superman writer David S. Goyer and War of the Worlds writer Josh Friedman has landed at Apple. An adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s landmark sci-fi novels has eluded filmmakers for decades, but Apple just won the rights to the highly influential series.

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Isaac Asimov‘s trilogy of Foundation novels — Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation — is among the landmark works in science fiction. (There are further sequels and prequels, too.) We’ve watched development efforts come and go, with various people hoping to create a Foundation film adaptation. (Most recently, Roland Emmerich raised the ire of sci-fi readers by taking on the project.) But there’s a new wrinkle to the story: a Foundation TV series is in development at HBO, with Interstellar writer Jonathan Nolan on board to write and produce. Read More »

In Hollywood, everyone is always looking for a foot in the door. The belief is once you get that foot in the door, the sky is the limit. Dante Harper certainly believes that. The screenwriter developed Black Hole for David Fincher which led him to rewrite Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, he’s penned a Timothy McVeigh biopic called Dreamland and his biggest break, All You Need Is Kill, is now casting under director Doug Liman.

His star keeps rising, too, because Sony just hired Harper to adapt Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation which Roland Emmerich has been attached to since 2009. Last we heard, Emmerich wanted to film make the sci-fi trilogy “very different from other science-fiction movies” without “the burden of too big a budget.” Harper must bring that to the project. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Roland Emmerich holds a position unique among genre filmmakers in that he is the target of constant jibes and disparagement, but still makes films that people see on the promise of pure spectacle alone. He is currently finishing up the Shakespeare conspiracy thriller Anonymous — not exactly the subject matter you’d expect him to tackle — and is mulling future options. Sadly, an Independence Day sequel isn’t yet in the cards, and it looks as if his adaptation of the Isaac Asimov Foundation novels is still crawling forward. Read More »


The Wolfman movie posterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss their thoughts on upcoming renditions of Akira and the Riddick franchise, lavish some love on Adam Reed’s Archer, and see the return of Adam Quigley’s much-loved “Shit movie of the week” segment. Special guest Dan Eckman, whose film Mystery Team is now available for pre-order, joins us for this episode.

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This is a story with details so obvious and so easily expected that there is barely any reason to report them. Really, I’m just doing this to bum out the hardcore Isaac Asimov purists who are already despondent at the idea of Roland Emmerich getting his hands on the Foundation Trilogy. It’s all in the headline, really: Emmerich’s adaptation of Asimov’s story won’t just be predictably big and explode-y; it will be 3D and made with motion-capture goodness. Read More »


I sat down for a fun interview with director Roland Emmerich today, here at San Diego Comic-Con to promote 2012 in theaters (November 13. 2009). The full video interview will be up soon, but during the interview, I asked Emmerich about his work on Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. Foundation fans will recall that not too long ago, Columbia won the rights for the trilogy of books with Emmerich attached to direct, which (as I wrote back in January), “centers around a mathematician named Hari Seldon, a psychohistorian who is able to predict large-scale events using scientific principles. When Seldon foresees the downfall of the Galactic Empire, which will precipitate a dark age lasting 30,000 years, he establishes two human oases (”Foundations”) in an effort to preserve human knowledge. Asimov’s series was considered groundbreaking and won a Hugo award in 1966.”

“As a kid I loved it,” Emmerich said of the books.  “I think everyone who is a science fiction fan has read that thing.” But Emmerich also revealed that several months ago, he hired Bob Rodat, writer of Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot, to work on the script.  Emmerich said, “He’s working on it and pretty soon, I will see the first script.” Overall, Emmerich opined, “It’s very difficult to make into a movie, but I think we’ve cracked it.”

Discuss: Do you think Rodat has the chops to adapt something as complex as Asimov’s book series?

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Columbia Pictures has won rights to produce a film adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation science fiction trilogy, with Roland Emmerich attached to direct. Emmerich will produce along with Michael Wimer, who was also a producer (and thus, a complicit party) in Emmerich’s own 10,000 B.C. According to Variety, Sony-owned Columbia Pictures’ win came as a surprise, as WB and Fox were originally duking it out for this one, which now appears to be their lot in life. Through the fray, Columbia’s president, Matt Tolmach, apparently saw an opportunity to acquire the rights and went for it.
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