The legendary science fiction literary work by Issac Asimov, Foundation, is finally getting the small screen treatment in 2021. In 2014, there were reports of a series based on the Foundation series of books was being worked on for HBO, penned by Jonathan Nolan. The series eventually changed hands and writers and will now land on the Apple TV+ streaming service, with David Goyer producing the series.
Foundation started out as short stories published in Astounding Magazine starting in 1942, with most people knowing of the work as the Foundation Trilogy of books. The books follow Hari Seldon, a mathmetician who developed psychohistory, which can predict the future on a large scale using the laws of mass action. Seldon foresees the fall of the Galactic Empire and the descent of its people in a dark age that would 30,000 years. He has also devised a way to alter this outcome and shorten the dark age to just 1000 years, and creates a foundation to bring this outcome to fruition. Seldon’s theories could not predict the actions of individuals though, which also could affect outcomes. In the Apple TV+ series, Seldon will be played by Jared Harris; and other characters featured are: Brother Day (Lee Pace), Gaal (Lou Llobell); Salvor (Leah Harvey), Demerzel (Laura Birn), Brother Dusk (Terrence Mann), and Brother Dawn (Cassian Bilton).
Apple summarizies the series simply with:
“Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire“