Just saw that Apple released a trailer for their upcoming (2021) series based on the Foundation series (Asimov).
I’m not sure whether it will work. Although the series has several scenes which would lend themselves well to cinematographic treatment, I’m worried that the focus would be too much on action and too little about the machinations and thoughts which form the core of the plot.
Looks good, and Legasov as Hari Seldon is good casting.
I assume they are going to change the story a lot, since the books as written consist mostly of people in a room talking and I doubt that would fly with a tv audience, but I’m good with it if they at least try to remember that “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent” and thus smart solutions should be prefered to violent ones.
There is a film called The Man From Earth, by Jerome Bixby, who created the Star Trek Mirror Universe. It really shows how good a film can be when it doesn’t have anything more than people sitting around talking.
Although I suspect The End of Eternity would have been easier to faithfully adapt.
What I remember most from the Foundation trilogy is that Asimov was able to create a story spanning hundreds of years with faster-than-light travel and still had his crew using slide rules to calculate their course.
It may be a blessing in disguise that Asimov didn’t provide well-developed characters and dialog, as that means the writers can use their creativity to flesh these out. Then they may be more inclined to keep the outline of the plot.
If it is well done there are some great scenes, such as Seldon’s appearance when the Foundation is under attack. I’m hoping they resist the temptation to add lots of drawn out fight scenes. There are a few fights, but that is not the attraction of the story.
Note that there are actually seven books in the Foundation series. Nothing is said in any of the announcements about the TV series which books will be used for it. Possibly the people making it will use just the first three books. Then if it turns out to be very popular they will use the other four books for a follow-up series.
Are you sure? Hari Seldon had an electronic calculator on his belt. You may be thinking of Robert Heinlein’s books, like The Rolling Stones, where they definitely used slide rules to calculate courses.