By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
While I usually open my articles involving the acquisition of novels for the silverscreen by ripping on Hollywood's diminished lack of creativity, the Foundation trilogy does sound incredibly interesting; so I'm going to bite my tongue.
The fact that Roland Emmerich is directing it does promise great visuals, but no guarantees other than that exist.
Foundation Trilogy Coming to Bigscreen
Columbia Pictures has acquired the screen rights to Isaac Asimov's sci-fi trilogy, Foundation. The project will be developed as a directing vehicle for Roland Emmerich.
Originally published as a series of eight short stories in Astounding Magazine beginning in 1942, Foundation is a complex saga about humans who are scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. A psycho-historian who can scientifically read the future sees an imminent empire collapse and prepares to save the knowledge of mankind.
Foundation was originally developed at Fox but was later dropped. Both Fox and Warner Bros. tried to acquire the project during last Thursday's auction of the property, but it was Columbia Pictures who came out the (surprise) victor.