I’ve been talking recently about how there’s not much in the way of straight up science-fiction movies being made right now, but it appears that perhaps Hollywood is about to prove me wrong. Just yesterday I posted about the possibility of another Twilight Zone movie, and now today comes an announcement about a big screen adaptation of one of the most worshipped science-fiction books of all time, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation.
Foundation is the first in a series of books about a world where mathematician Hari Seldon has developed a complex formula for predicting the future, and the ripple effect that such knowledge brings with it. The fact that Asimov’s book has been frequently called “unfilmable” doesn’t seem to intimidate producers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Golden Compass). Warner Brothers will like the fact that there is potential for a franchise here, but personally I don’t see this story having a lot of mainstream appeal. Here’s to hoping they can pull it off without having to compromise the original stories like a certain other Asimov adaptation that came out a couple of years back (I, Robot).