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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 »

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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?

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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