AppleTV’s epic sci-fi adaption is coming closer. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation chronicles the thousand-year saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.
A trailer was released back in June. Now they have released a second, longer trailer that shows much more.
Skydance Television has been developing the adaption since 2017 with David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman as writers. The production company closed a deal with Asimov’s estate for the rights to the book series. On April 10, 2018, it was announced that Apple, through their Worldwide Video Unit, had bought the series and put it into development with the potential for a straight-to-series order.
Foundation was placed to order it was also announced that Asimov’s daughter, Robyn Asimov, would serve as an executive producer, shortly before Josh Friedman left as co-writer and co-showrunner.
It was produced at Troy Studios in Limerick, Ireland, and according to Screen Ireland, the series would create more than 500 production jobs at the studio.
Goyer apparently pitched Foundation in one sentence:
“It’s a 1,000-year chess game between Hari Seldon and the Empire, and all the characters in between are the pawns, but some of the pawns over the course of this saga end up becoming kings and queens.”
Lee Pace and Jared Harris will play Brother Day and Hari Seldon, respectively. Additional cast members are Lou Llobell stars as Gaal, a mathematical genius from a rural, repressed planet. Leah Harvey as Salvor, the protective and intuitive warden of a remote outer planet. Laura Birn stars as Eto Demerzel, the enigmatic aide to the Emperor of the Galaxy. Terrence Mann stars as Brother Dusk, the eldest living member of the ruling family. Cassian Bilton plays Brother Dawn, the youngest living member of the ruling family and next in line to be Brother Day.
Foundation will premiere on September 24, 2021. The series is scheduled to premiere with a three-episode release, then the remaining seven episodes will be released weekly.