‘Interstellar’ Movie Writer Jonathan Nolan To Adapt ‘Foundation’ Book Series By Isaac Asimov Into TV Series For HBO, Will Sci-Fi Series Make It Off The Ground?


“Interstellar” is still rocketing through the box office, so ultimately it makes sense that Christopher Nolan’s long time collaborator and brother Jonathan Nolan, is gaining many new projects.

The latest project that Jonathan Nolan is to take on is the “Foundation” science fiction book series by Isaac Asimov.

The adaptation is reported to be a TV series that is co-produced by HBO and Warner Bros.

While some sci-fi fanatics rejoice that one of their favorite series is finally out of development purgatory, some are worried that perhaps the psychohistory books are not adaptable, even for someone as talented as Nolan.

Prior to the announcement that he’d be adapting the series, Jonathan Nolan expressed a rather expletive filled wish to work on Asimov’s books to Indiewire .

“That’s a set of books where the influence they have is just f****** 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 f****** hair on fire,” Nolan said.

Although no one knew it at the time, this was perhaps a hint at the announcement that was to come.

According to an exclusive from The Wrap , “HBO and Warner Bros.

TV are teaming to produce a series based on Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ trilogy,” that Nolan will write and produce as well.

There are currently no reports that confirm of a pilot or series order, so perhaps it’s still in talks at this point, but talks are good sign after the practically five year development purgatory that Asimov’s books have been in since Sony purchased their film rights in 2009.

But the fact that the series has been struggling to get off the ground suggests that it is unadaptable.

The Guardian writes,”Is it filmable? Can it work? I’m not sure, but I really, really hope he can pull it off,” which is perhaps a word of caution to those “Foundation” novel fans who will lobby hard for the adaptation.

Whatever the case may be, with a possible Oscar nomination for “Interstellar,” there seems to be no reason not to believe in Jonathan Nolan’s capabilities.

 

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