Isaac Asimov’s classic trilogy is coming to the small screen this fall and it looks gorgeous.
There have been attempts to adapt Asimov’s novels to both movie and TV formats in the past – the most recent was a project from HBO helmed by West World’s Jonathan Nolan. None worked out till now. Apple has teamed with David S. Goyer to bring the epic story of a collapsing empire, a technology that can predict what’s to come, and a dangerous plan to save the best of what mankind has created. It has inspired multiple sci-fi sagas, including Star Wars.
Adapting Asimov’s massive and groundbreaking trilogy for AppleTv+ is no small feat. They announced the series last fall with a behind-the-scenes look.
The new trailer touches the surface of the story…
It looks beautiful. You can see Michael Wheland’s expert work in the futuristic costumes and soaring interiors, and the space scenes are grand in scale – I’m a bit sad to see that they don’t pull from Chris Foss’s bold art. The cast is filled with great names. Apple’s series have all had high production value (on par and above HBO) with amazing creators attached. I’m looking forward to watching what they’ve done with the classic sci-fi trilogy.
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save humanity, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls this sanctuary the Foundation.
But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. And mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and live as slaves—or take a stand for freedom and risk total destruction.
The cast includes stars Jared Harris as Hari Seldon, Lee Pace as Brother Day, Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick, Leah Harvey as Salvor Hardin, Laura Birn as Eto Demerzel, Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk, Cassian Bilton as Brother Dawn, and Alfred Enoch as Raych. The series is being led by David S. Goyer; and written by Goyer and Josh Friedman.
Foundation arrives on AppleTv+ on September 24th.