‘Interstellar’s’ Jonah Nolan Developing ‘Foundation’ Series for HBO
HBO and Warner Bros. TV are teaming to produce a series based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy that will be written and produced by Interstellar writer Jonathan Nolan.
Nolan told Indiewire,
“Well, I love the Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov. They’re certainly not [unknown], but that’s a set of books I think everyone would benefit from reading. That’s a set of books where the influence they have is just fucking massive. They have many imitators and many have been inspired by them, but go back and read those, and there are some ideas in those that’ll set your hair on fire,”
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’.