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Old November 11 2014, 02:43 AM   #1
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Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

Pretty awesome news, hope this is as epic as the books were:



http://badassdigest.com/2014/11/10/j...ation-for-hbo/

It was only a matter of time before someone actually made Foundation. We've come close a couple of times, with movie versions being threatened. I've always been worried about this, as Isaac Asimov's novels - especially the core trilogy - do not lend themselves to movies. They take place over the course of thousands of years, telling the slow story of humanity's future after the Galactic Empire falls into barbarism. It's possibly Asimov's masterwork, and it's one of my all-time favorite stories. And it would only work as a TV show.

That might be happening, as Jonathan Nolan - who wrote Interstellar, in theaters now - is developing a series based on it for HBO. The climate seems absolutely right, as we live in a time where smarter scifi travels to wider audiences and where season-long anthology shows have found acceptance. The nature of Foundation means that whoever stars in the first season would be gone by the second (except for whoever plays Hari Seldon, the man who founds the Foundation, and who keeps popping up in recorded messages). As a TV show Foundation could be a close-ended epic on par with Game of Thrones but with the sweep of centuries.
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Old November 11 2014, 03:48 AM   #2
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Re: Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

I'll believe it when I see it. This has been talked about for a long time. In fact, I think I remember the last thread we had on this. While I love the Foundation stories, I just don't know if they could successfully translate that to an on-screen TV show. It's mostly lots of philosophizing and not a lot of action.
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Old November 11 2014, 03:53 AM   #3
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Re: Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

If it's Nolan and HBO, it will get made. They normally don't announce stuff they're not already in production on.
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Old November 11 2014, 04:00 AM   #4
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Re: Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

Hoping against hope.
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Old November 11 2014, 04:48 AM   #5
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If done right. Will be great....if...

Going to be hard to pull off
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Old November 11 2014, 04:55 AM   #6
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I have no faith that this will work.

I consider the Foundation saga to be totally unsuitable for visual media.
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Old November 11 2014, 05:13 AM   #7
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Re: Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

Did you like the audio plays of the first 3 books?



8 hours long. Public domain.
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Old November 11 2014, 07:19 AM   #8
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Re: Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

Guy Gardener wrote: View Post
Did you like the audio plays of the first 3 books?



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Love the images in my head. God, if only they could be translated into a movie or 3.
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Old November 11 2014, 08:21 AM   #9
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Re: Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

Oh, now this is good news, even if I haven't read the series yet (it's on my very long list). I'm rather indifferent by the recent 3001 news (largely because I haven't read the series aside from the first one), but I've always loved Asimov's work. Throw in Jonah Nolan and HBO into the mix and color me interested.
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Old November 11 2014, 08:23 AM   #10
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I'm excited, especially given Jonah Nolan's involvement.
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Old November 11 2014, 10:10 AM   #11
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A TV adaptation by HBO is certainly preferable to a movie adaptation or a TV adaptation by a "lesser" network. So, I'm actually optimistic about this.

But what's up with HBO anyway? Two out of four drama series they're currently producing are straight Fantasy (Game of Thrones, The Leftovers). And upcoming shows include Westworld and now Foundation. Is HBO slowly becoming what Syfy was back in the days when they had something like Farscape or Battlestar Galactica on? :P
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Old November 11 2014, 11:29 AM   #12
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Re: Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

HBO is an odd place for Foundation to show up, but it could work. It seems more likely that they will be willing to make it as exotic as it deserves, but I just hope they don't try to turn it into some dark and gritty thing, like Game of Thrones (which is a fantastic show, but definitely not a template for Foundation).

Foundation is a hard concept to bring to TV or movies. It's mostly talking heads and any action that occurs takes place off-screen while its implications are discussed. Hopefully they don't flip it and focus on space battles.

Well, fingers crossed, anyway. That's both Clarke and Asimov coming to TV. Maybe Heinlein will be next.
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Old November 11 2014, 01:05 PM   #13
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Re: Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

Guy Gardener wrote: View Post
Did you like the audio plays of the first 3 books?



8 hours long. Public domain.
Hi, Guy Gardener and thanks for the link. While "Star Trek" will always be my "visual" favorite, The Foundation Series is my 1-2 reading favorite, tied with Dune. Please tell me, however, why I am buffering buffering buffering. Not to make you my IT Expert, but I have an IPAD 2. Is it because I am wireless? Very frustrating, and I want to hear your wonderful post of "Foundation"
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Old November 11 2014, 01:26 PM   #14
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But what's up with HBO anyway? Two out of four drama series they're currently producing are straight Fantasy (Game of Thrones, The Leftovers). And upcoming shows include Westworld and now Foundation. Is HBO slowly becoming what Syfy was back in the days when they had something like Farscape or Battlestar Galactica on? :P
What's up is that GoT was a big hit, and TV executives always try to imitate success. Remember how the commercial networks had a slew of serialized sci-fi/fantasy ensemble dramas after Lost became a hit? Or how there were a bunch of first-run syndicated action-fantasy shows in the wake of Hercules/Xena?
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Old November 11 2014, 01:46 PM   #15
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Re: Jonathan Nolan developing Asimov's Foundation to HBO

Very cool. I think it takes dedication to the material to pull it off, but I do think it's possible. A TV format is certainly the better format. The important thing is that it'll have a constantly shifting set of characters. I'm not sure how many shows are willing to do that.
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