Jonathan Nolan Is Bringing Asimov's Foundation Trilogy To HBO

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - 10:25AM
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - 10:25AM
Jonathan Nolan Is Bringing Asimov's Foundation Trilogy To HBO

It's the news that all science fiction fans have wanted to hear since they first laid eyes on Asimov's science fiction classic....the Foundation trilogy is finally getting an adaptation! The Wrap broke the news last night that Interstellar co-writer, Johnathan Nolan is adapting Isaac Asimov's sprawling space opera for HBO and Warner Bros. TV.

 

It's hard to find a sci-fi fan who doesn't love the Foundation trilogy, but calls for it to be adapted were always met with trepidation. A movie certainly wouldn't do this ambitious series justice, but would a TV series be able to recreate that sense of scale that is evident on every single page of these wonderful novels? Spanning hundreds of years and featuring some of the greatest characters the genre has ever known, Asimov's Foundation trilogy, though not particularly long, is a feat of huge ambition. However, the general consensus among fans has always been that, if anyone can make this adaptation work, it's HBO. Throw in a top-class writer like Jonathan Nolan, and this news just got even more exciting.

 

In an interview with Indiewire, it became more than clear that Nolan was a huge fan of the novels and the writer quite rightly suggested that they were this genre's preeminent work.

 

"Well, I fucking love the 'Foundation' novels by Isaac Asimov," Nolan said. "They're certainly not [unknown], 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,"

 

For those who don't know, Asimov's Foundation trilogy charts a series of events set in motion by Hari Seldon, the master of a form of mathematical science known as Psychohistory. Psychohistorical techniques allow Seldon to predict broad trends of the future, and upon recognizing that the current Galactic Empire is set to collapse, bringing on 30,000 years of barbarism, Seldon enacts the forming of two Foundations at opposite ends of the galaxy in an attempt to reduce this unrest to a mere 1,000 years. Over the next 600 years, Foundation members have to endure a number of crises in order to take themselves from the status of fledgling communities to a superpower that can stabilize the entire galaxy.

 

This is a great time to be a sci-fi fan with great works such as Childhood's End, The Martian and The Expanse all scoring adaptations over the past year. But if I am anything to go by, most fans would trade all of these for an adaptation that can do Asimov's Foundation novels justice. The Wrap did state that neither Jonathan Nolan's representatives or anybody from HBO had confirmed or denied the rumor, which was provided to them by a source close to the project. Here's to hoping we get an official announcement soon.

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