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Monday, November 10, 2014

Jonathan Nolan To Adapt 'Foundation' Series For HBO

Fresh off the heels of co-writing one of the bigger theatrical releases of the Fall, Interstellar, and currently in the midst of developing Westworld for HBO, Jonathan Nolan recently spoke at length about his admiration for Isacc Asimov's "Foundation Trilogy":

Well, I fucking love the ‘Foundation’ novels by Isaac Asimov. They're certainly not well-known, but that's a set of books I think everyone would benefit from reading. That's a set of books where the influence they have is just fucking massive. They have many imitators and many have been inspired by them, but go back and read those, and there are some ideas in those that'll set your fucking hair on fire...

Based on his colorful language above, you can tell he's pretty excited about those books, and now according to The Wrap, he's been secretly developing the property as a series for HBO. 

The Wrap provided the following description of the series in their report:

“Foundation” follows mathematician Hari Seldon, who has dedicated his life to developing psychohistory, a concept that uses the laws of mass action to predict the future on a large scale. When he foresees the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire and a dark age that will last 30,000 years, he sets out to create a foundation of talented artisans and engineers to preserve and expand on humanity's collective knowledge with the hope of establishing a new empire. 

On a personal note, this was a series that is a long-time favorite of my father's. I've yet to read it myself, but given this development, I might be curious enough to dip in. This isn't the first time that this series has been in development, as Roland Emmerich was working on a film version with Sony. But after those rights lapsed, HBO picked them up and is likely making the more prudent move to place this series in the more decompressed context of a television series.

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