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Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ Lands On HBO

‘Person of Interest’ showrunner Jonathan Nolan to spearhead project


Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy is being developed by “Interstellar” co-writer Jonathan Nolan as a television series for HBO.

Warner Bros. Television and HBO will produce the project along with Nolan, who is already working on the cable network’s “Westworld” series, which is based on the 1973 sci-fi film. Nolan will script the “Foundation” series as well.

“The ‘Foundation’ novels by Isaac Asimov … that’s a set of books I think everyone would benefit from reading,” Nolan recently told Indiewire. “That’s a set of books where the influence they have is just f—ing massive. They have many imitators and many have been inspired by them.”

“Foundation” centers on a mathematician whose studies of the laws of mass action lead him to anticipate the imminent fall of humanity’s current empire and a subsequent dark age that will last thousands of years. Hoping to stop his prediction from coming true, he organizes a foundation of talented artisans and engineers to build a new empire and nurture humanity’s collective knowledge.

Comprised of three books — “Foundation,” “Foundation and Empire” and “Second Foundation — published between 1951 and 1953, the series won a Hugo Award for “Best All-Time” series in 1966. Later, Asimov would expand the books to include “Foundation’s Edge,” “Foundation and Earth,” “Prelude to Foundation” and “Forward the Foundation.”

The books had been acquired by Sony Pictures in 2009 with Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day”) and Dante Harper (“Akira”) attached at points before the project stalled and HBO purchased the rights.

Nolan also created the hit CBS series “Person of Interest.”

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