Skydance is developing a small screen take on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series
For decades, Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation series has been trying to make its way to the screen in one form or another. Now, Deadline brings word that Skydance is looking to develop the iconic science fiction saga for television with David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman.
Originally published as a series of eight short stories in “Astounding Magazine” beginning in 1942, Foundation offers a complex saga about humans who are scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. A psycho-historian who can scientifically read the future sees an imminent empire collapse, and sets to work preparing to save the knowledge of mankind.
The books originally formed a trilogy (which also includes Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation), but Asimov wound up completing seven Foundation books before his passing in 1992.
Among the various iterations of Foundation that have been planned over the years include a defunct feature film version from Roland Emmerich and, most recently, an alternate small screen version that Westworld‘s Jonathan Nolan was developing for HBO and Warner Bros. Television.
Having already released the sci-fi thriller Life and the R-rated comedy Baywatch earlier this year, Skydance Media is next gearing up for GeoStorm, Dean Devlin’s disaster thriller starring Gerard Butler. Catch it in theaters October 20. Skydance Television, meanwhile, continues to produce the Netflix hit Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
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