Director: Roland Emmerich
U.S. Opening Date: 2013
Roland Emmerich will direct a movie based on the
Foundation series of novels by Isaac Asimov.
The Foundation novels are a series of tales set
so far in the future that Earth is all but forgotten by humans who live in
a vast Galactic Empire throughout the galaxy.
Yet all is not well with this empire. Its vast size is
crippling to it. In particular, the administrative planet, honeycombed and
tunnelled with offices and staff, is vulnerable to attack or breakdown. The
only person willing to confront this imminent catastrophe is Hari Seldon,
a psychohistorian and mathematician. Seldon can scientifically predict the
future, and it doesn't look pretty: a new Dark Age is scheduled to send
humanity into barbarism in 500 years.
He concocts a scheme to save the knowledge of the race
in an Encyclopedia Galactica. But this project will take generations to
complete, and who will take up the torch after him? The first Foundation
trilogy (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second
Foundation) won a Hugo Award in 1965 for "Best All-Time Series". —
There is a certain irony, which Hollywood is probably
too dumb to get, in the fact that the director of some of the stupidest
science fiction movies ever made (Independence
Day! Godzilla!) would adapt one of
the smartest science fiction novels ever written!
Anyway, word has it that Sony's Columbia Pictures has
won a bidding war for the Isaac Asimov series of Foundation books,
beating out Warner Bros. bidding for Alex Proyas to direct and Fox bidding
for producer Vince Gerardis, who first worked on developing the film.
Why this sudden bidding war for a batch of novels which
basically have been around since the 1940s? We don’t know either. But the
whirring sound you hear is no doubt Asimov himself who has been spinning in his
grave since 2004 when Hollywood completely missed the point behind his
I, Robot stories and fucked them up
(sorry: there is no other way to put it).
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