Just in case you are not one of the almost 11 million people to view the above trailer in the last 4 days (or missed it screaming at you on your Apple TV homepage)… here it is! Apple TV+ has been working on Foundation (based on the Foundation series of books by Isaac Asimov) since 2018 after buying into the production started by Skydance Television in mid 2017. The production is expected to be released sometime in 2021. Production has been halted momentarily because of COVID-19 and there is no certain release date for next year.
With a huge budget, screenwriter David Goyer (co-writer of The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, and executive producer and showrunner for Foundation), and Jared Harris leading the cast as protagonist Hari Seldon, it’s sure to be an impressive show. Asimov’s daughter, Robyn Asimov, is also on board as an executive producer. But as with many adaptations of classic novels to film there may be disappointments for Asimov fans. However the production value of this project should be amazing.
As much as I love Asimov I just wish one of these big production companies would tackle Liu Cixin’s classic Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy (The Three Body Problem; The Dark Forest; Deaths End) – an absolute masterpiece of science fiction. But until then, I think we will enjoy Foundation.