Apple developing Isaac Asimov ‘Foundation’ series with ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy writer

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Apple’s next original series will focus on the acclaimed Foundation trilogy of science-ficton novels by writer and biochemistry professor Isaac Asimov, according to a report from Deadline.

The show is currently in development at Skydance Television, who produced this year’s sci-fi show Altered Carbon for Netflix. Screenwriters David S. Goyer (Batman BeginsThe Dark KnightMan of Steel) and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and the upcoming Snowpiercer TV series) are will serve as executive producers on the show.

The Foundation property is huge get for Apple, as Asimov’s original 1950s novels were highly popular and influenced other sci-fi classics, including George Lucas’ Star Wars. Many major studios have tried to adapt Asimov’s books for the big screen, including Fox, Warner Bros. and Sony, although none of these projects saw the light of day.

The Foundation series focuses on the development of the titular Foundation, a group of artisans and engineers that travels across the galaxy and aims to reestablish a galactic civilization.

In total, Apple reportedly has 12 original series in development, including a revival of Steven Spielberg’s anthology series Amazing Stories, a drama series based on NBA star Kevin Durant, a drama series from La La Land writer-director Damien Chazelle and a scripted comedy starring Kristen Wiig.

Apple is expected to begin releasing its slate of original series by March 2019.

Source: Deadline