Columbia won an auction late Thursday for screen rights to “Foundation,” Isaac Asimov’s ground breaking science fiction trilogy. The film will be developed as a directing vehicle for Roland Emmerich.
Emmerich and his Centropolis partner Michael Wimer will produce the film. The deal was mid six-figures against low seven figures.
Originally published as a series of eight short stories in Astounding Magazine beginning in 1942, “Foundation” is 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.
This could be good news…Emmerich also directed Stargate and Independence Day. But then again, he also directed The Day After Tomorrow which received a…shall we say “lukewarm”?…reception.
Emmerich has another link to Asimov, as it turns out. IMDB shows Emmerich is also slated to direct (in 2010) a remake of the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage. That film was originally written by author Jerome Bixby (“It’s a GOOD Life”) and novelized by Isaac Asimov (who is often credited with the idea for the film beacuse the novelization appeared before the film). I’d have more to say about this, but I’m suddenly only thinking of Raquel Welch…