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Apple Orders TV Series Based on Asimov'e Foundation

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  1. Steve R.
    Member

    Apple confirms TV series order of Asimov’s Foundation

    "The series will be produced by two esteemed screenwriters—and Asimov's daughter."

    Older article:
    Apple develops its most ambitious TV series yet: An adaptation of Asimov’s Foundation

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. Ron
    Member

    If they add explosions to the story, the TV series should do well.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. Marian
    Member

    I agree with you, Ron. I don't see how the Foundation series can be a successful film unless a lot is added to it.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. Ron
    Member

    Come to think of it though, Hari Seldon was a bit of an action hero in Forward the Foundation, with his martial art proficiency. I think it was called Helicon Twisting.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. Ron
    Member

    Foundation Trailer -- Apple TV

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgbPSA94Rqg

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  6. oblomov
    Member

    I don't know how they're going to pull this off. The whole first book is just people sitting in board rooms talking about military operations that are either happening or are going to happen. If they spend all the time on the battles it will detract from the mechanics of psychohistory and if they focus on the psychohistory element it will be appealing only to classic sci-fi fans and actuaries.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  7. iamnothing
    Member

    They'll probably add a snake-princess.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  8. Chris DeVito
    Member

  9. oblomov
    Member

    Interesting point from that article that Asimov took inspiration from Gibbon. I'm half-way through the full run of Gibbon right now (I was supposed to start book 4 this year but my concentration has been shot from the pandemic, still hoping to get through at least one more of those tomes this year though). Hadn't thought about the similarities given that they're such distinct works from one another but given the scale and scope it makes a lot of sense. And though Asimov's pages of epiphany-filled conversations aren't exactly action-packed, it could have been way worse had he gone on 20 page tangents about the make and model of everyone's weapon and armor as we sometimes find in Gibbon.

    Still though, if the series departs from the specifics of psychohistory -- moving people around and pivoting every time there's a crisis to keep things going and whatnot -- as the article suspects it will, I can't imagine in being very good. It seems like that would just render it as "Science Fiction Action Series Set In General Science Fiction Universe." I think it would remove the story's foundation, as it were.

    Chris, what is your take on that Apple rep billing the company as a Long Now Foundation-style futurist think tank in that trailer? I thought that might be one you had an interesting take on.

    Posted 1 week ago #

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