Wednesday 1 September 2021

Empire falls in Foundation on Apple TV+

Witness the fall of a galactic empire in the latest trailer for Foundation coming soon to Apple TV+.

Here's the official Foundation synopsis:

"Based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire."

Isaac Asimov's Foundation series has hugely influenced pop culture, including George Lucas' Star Wars saga. However, the books are very dry and not the most accessible. Whilst speaking with THR, series showrunner and executive producer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) discussed why adapting the story has proven so problematic.

"There are three tricky aspects to Foundation that I think have tripped up all the other adaptations. The first is that the story is supposed to span 1,000 years with all these massive time jumps — that’s hard to tell. It’s certainly hard to capsulize in a two- or three-hour film. The second aspect is, the books are kind of anthological. You’ll have a couple of short stories in the first book with main character Salvor Hardin, then you’ll jump forward a hundred years and there’ll be a different character.

Goyer continued, “The third thing is that they’re not particularly emotional; they’re books about ideas, about concepts. So a lot of the action happens off-screen. In the books, the Empire, which is on 10,000 worlds, literally falls off-screen — like, it happens in between chapters. Obviously, that wasn’t going to work for a television show. So without giving too much away, I figured out a way to have some of the characters extend their lifespans. About six characters will continue from season to season, from century to century. That way it becomes half anthological, half continuing story.”

Foundation debuts on 24th September exclusively on Apple TV+. New episodes will drop every Friday. In related news. The Cupertino-based company is expected to announce the launch of iPhone 13.

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