Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders will be laying the foundation for Apple TV+’s highly anticipated adaptation of an Isaac Asimov science-fiction classic. Apple has tapped Sanders as the Foundation director for the pilot episode of the 10-episode series starring Lee Pace and Jared Harris.
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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.
A 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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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 »
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 »
Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009 by David Chen
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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