Apple Orders Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ to Series

10-episode adaptation of sci-fi books hails from David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman

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Apple has ordered sci-fi drama “Foundation” to series. The Skydance Television show, which will consist of 10 episodes, is an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s book trilogy of the same name.

“Foundation” the TV series will chronicle the thousand-year saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.

The series will be executive produced by WGA Award nominee David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman. They’ll both be showrunners. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Robyn Asimov — Isaac’s daughter — will serve as executive producers.

The “Foundation” series started as a collection of short stories published in Astounding Magazine in 1942, then became a book trilogy in 1951. Asimov later added to the series in subsequent sequels and prequels with the first installment arriving in 1982.

Asimov’s work has been adapted into film previously, including “I, Robot” and “Bicentennial Man.” “Foundation” was previously sought after for a film series, and in 2016, Jonathan Nolan was developing a “Foundation” series for HBO and Warner Bros. TV.

Goyer, who recently produced “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is currently writing the Green Lantern Corps movie with Justin Rhodes. Friedman, who created the “Terminator” series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” was recruited by James Cameron to work on the screenplay for “Avatar 2.”