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Nolan Developing Isaac Asimov Series for HBO?


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The Nolan Brothers, Christopher and Jonathan, are two of the most gifted talents working in entertainment today.  Going beyond fan service and truly developing well-thought out, well-plotted stories such as “Interstellar” and “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, we have learned that Jonathan is currently developing a new and tantalizing project for HBO.

“Foundation”, a science-fiction trilogy penned by Isaac Asimov (I, Robot) and winner of the Hugo Award, is currently being developed as a series for HBO.  Nolan, no stranger to adaptations and television, having created “Person of Interest”, is perhaps one of a very few people suited to bring to life the galaxy spanning saga of Asimov’s “Foundation.”  In an interview with Indiewire, Nolan stated “That’s a set of books I think everyone would benefit from reading.  There are some ideas in those [novels]that’ll set your f****** hair on fire.”(Interview: ‘Interstellar’ Co-Writer Jonathan Nolan on ‘Close Encounters,’ Rewrites & More – November 4, 2014)

It must be noted that the Isaac Asimov trilogy “Foundation” has long been considered by many insiders as unfilmable due to the highly complex nature of the universe presented in those stories.  It will be interesting to see how this turns out.


“Foundation” follows mathematician Hari Seldon, who has dedicated his life to developing psychohistory, a concept that uses the laws of mass action to predict the future on a large scale. When he foresees the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire and a dark age that will last 30,000 years, he sets out to create a foundation of talented artisans and engineers to preserve and expand on humanity’s collective knowledge with the hope of establishing a new empire.

The “Foundation” series was originally comprised of three books — “Foundation,” “Foundation and Empire” and “Second Foundation.” The trilogy won a Hugo Award for “Best All-Time” series in 1966, 15 years before Asimov began adding to the series with sequels “Foundation’s Edge” and “Foundation and Earth,” as well as prequels “Prelude to Foundation” and “Forward the Foundation.”

*This story was reported first as a The Wrap exclusive.

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