Isaac Asimov's 'Foundation' trilogy to be developed into drama series for Apple

Apple Lands Isaac Asimov 'Foundation' TV Series From David Goyer & Josh Friedman

The project, from Skydance Television, has been put in development for straight-to-series consideration.

Goyer, screenwriter of all blockbusters "The Dark evening" & "Batman cried", along with Josh Friedman, the composer of Steven Spielberg's 2005 sci-fi adaptation "War of the Worlds", possess been charged to bring Asimov's perform to the TV screen. Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also will executive produce.

The dense and complex saga follows humans scattered across the galaxy on different planets ruled by 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. Even the Game of Thrones' creative team would marvel at the number of empires that rise and fall in Foundation. Many top sci-fi writers have done scripts and found it daunting to constrict the sprawling saga to a feature film format. Friedman is now working on Avatar 2, while Goyer has written numerous comic book adaptations including Blade, Ghost Rider, the Dark Knight trilogy, Zack Snyder's DC franchise, and the new Superman spinoff Krypton.

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The series is the latest step the iPhone maker has taken to acquire original programming as it seeks to rival more established outlets such as Netflix Inc, Time Warner Inc's HBO and Amazon.com Inc's Amazon Studios. It is unknown exactly when Apple's partners will start shooting, and what kind of court will be shown a series. Its ongoing projects include an untitled comedy-drama with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, a Kristen Wiig comedy, an M Night Shyamalan thriller and a competition reality show for app developers.

Skydance Television adds Foundation to a series slate that includes Altered Carbon, Grace and Frankie, Condor and the upcoming Jack Ryan and Dietland.

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