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Adaptation Watch: Finally…HBO Adapting Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION TRILOGY as Written by Jonathan “Interstellar” Nolan

The Wrap is reporting that HBO and Warner Bros. TV will adapt Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation trilogy (consisting of Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation) as a television series, to be written by Interstellar screenwriter Jonathan Nolan. (Nolan is already adapting Michael Crichton’s Westworld.)

The Foundation series is ostensibly about the rise and fall of a Galactic Empire. Its central figure is Hari Seldon, a mathematician who developed “psychohistory” as a way of predicting the future of very large groups of people. Seldon established a Foundation to minimize the inevitable Dark Ages from thirty thousand years down to a mere millenium. (Hence the name of the first novella that comprised the fix-up Foundation novel, “The Thousand Year Plan.”) The entire foundation universe is comprised of a few more novels, and eventually Asimov tied them together with his also-popular Robot novels. (I talked about the entire series last year at Kirkus review in a three part article.)

Hopefully, this adaptation of Foundation will finally be moving forward. (See what I did there?) It’s been talked about before

[via io9]

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2 Comments on Adaptation Watch: Finally…HBO Adapting Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION TRILOGY as Written by Jonathan “Interstellar” Nolan

  1. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // November 11, 2014 at 6:57 am //

    Is it even filmable as a whole? I remain unconvinced.

    Maybe you could do a piece of Foundation, and use flashbacks to establish the world–the story of The Mule for example.

    • I think it might be filmable if they’re willing to let go of many of the things we expect from TV shows, like encountering the same characters week after week. Then the Foundation as a civilisation would become the central character. It would be a risky approach that could create awesome rewards, and I’d hope that anybody bothering to option Foundation would be willing to take that risk. But that’s me being hopeful rather than necessarily realistic.

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