When Apple announced the Foundation TV show for
Goyer, whose work includes the Blade trilogy, The Dark Knight trilogy, and Man of Steel, has two massive shows debuting in the coming months. Foundation launches on
The former is the more daring of the two, with Goyer having told The Hollywood Reporter that he wants Foundation to be an epic 80-hour TV series. That’s eight seasons of 10 episodes each, “if it works out.” The showrunner said the story he wants to tell with Foundation would be a trilogy of about nine hours if he were to do it as features.
The one-sentence Foundation pitch for
Apple asked Goyer “laughingly” to pitch Foundation for
Apple is going big on Foundation. According to the same Goyer, that Foundation “takes some big-ass swings,” and Apple “by and large, went for it.”
Goyer also recalled talking about the Foundation project to
Apple has offered Goyer the resources he needed to make Foundation season one for
Why Foundation is so complicated
Whether you’ve read Asimov’s Foundation books or not, Goyer explained to THR why it’s so difficult to adapt in movies or TV shows:
There are three tricky aspects to Foundation that I think have tripped up all the other adaptations. The first is that the story is supposed to span 1,000 years with all these massive time jumps — that’s hard to tell. It’s certainly hard to capsulize in a two- or three-hour film. The second aspect is the books are kind of anthological. You’ll have a couple of short stories in the first book with main character Salvor Hardin, then you’ll jump forward a hundred years and there’ll be a different character. The third thing is that they’re not particularly emotional; they’re books about ideas, about concepts. So a lot of the action happens off-screen. In the books, the Empire, which is on 10,000 worlds, literally falls off-screen — like, it happens in between chapters. Obviously, that wasn’t going to work for a television show.
Without spoiling anything that we’re about to see on
So without giving too much away, I figured out a way to have some of the characters extend their lifespans. About six characters will continue from season to season, from century to century. That way it becomes a half anthological, half continuing story.
The show based on the books that inspired George Lucas for Star Wars launches on September 24th — check out the latest trailer below. While you wait, check out THR’s wide-ranging interview with Goyer at this link.
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