Apple TV+ has finally announced the premiere date for their long-awaited series adaptation of Foundation, based on Isaac Asimov’s iconic and influential sci-fi books of the same name. The series is scheduled to make its debut on Friday, September 24 with the first three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday.
In addition, the date announcement also came with the release of the second Foundation teaser trailer which you can check out below, showcases the sweeping scope and scale of the epic saga. It introduces Lee Pace’s Brother Day as his Galactic Empire is being threatened by one man’s very existence.
“In the decades since the ‘Foundation’ series first saw print, Asimov’s prophetic science-fiction work has never been more relevant than it is now,” creator David S. Goyer said in a statement. “Growing up, I devoured ‘Foundation’ and dreamed of one day seeing it on screen – but a feature film didn’t seem big enough to embrace the ambition. Thanks to the broader landscape of streaming and a valuable partnership with Apple and Skydance, we are able to bring the series to the screen in a way that truly does it justice. ‘Foundation’ has always been at the top of my bucket list and I’m honored I get to play a part in finally bringing it to life. Whether you’re a fan of the novels or simply someone craving a mind-blowing epic, I’m excited to share with you what we’ve created.”
In Foundation, when revolutionary Dr. Hari Seldon predicts the impending fall of the Empire, he and a band of loyal followers venture to the far reaches of the galaxy to establish The Foundation in an attempt to rebuild and preserve the future of civilization. Enraged by Hari’s claims, the ruling Cleons — a long line of emperor clones — fear their grasp on the galaxy may be weakening as they’re forced to reckon with the potential reality of losing their legacy forever.
This monumental journey chronicles the stories of four crucial individuals transcending space and time as they overcome deadly crises, shifting loyalties, and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity.
Based on the books that inspired films such as Star Wars, the 10-episode series stars Emmy Award nominees Jared Harris (Chernobyl) as Hari Seldon and Lee Pace (Halt and Catch Fire) as Brother Day along with Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick; Leah Harvey as Salvor Hardin; Laura Birn as Demerzel; Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk; Cassian Bilton as Brother Dawn; and Alfred Enoch as Raych.
Foundation is created and executive produced by David S. Goyer, who is also serving as showrunner. It is a co-production between Apple Studios and Skydance Television, Executive producers are Robyn Asimov, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Bill Bost.
Originally published as a series of eight short stories in Astounding Magazine beginning in 1942, 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.