Jonathan Nolan to adapt Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi epic “Foundation” for HBO

Checking the gate

Hot off the heels of  “Interstellar,” more news comes from co-writer Jonathan Nolan, whose works include “Person of Interest” and “Memento.” It was announced that one of Nolan’s next major projects was the dream of a lifetime for any sci-fi writer: adapting Isaac Asimov’s classic galactic story “Foundation” into an HBO television series.

The “Foundation” trilogy of novels include “Foundation,” “Foundation and Empire” and “Second Foundation.” They tell the story of Hari Seldon, who discovered a new type of mathematics that can accurately predict events in the future and pinpoints the truth behind events in the past. Hari foresees the demise of the great “Galactic Empire” and spends his time warning citizens of the impending doom. From that point on, it shows with great detail life in the trying times of the death of the empire.

Asimov’s immense scientific knowledge allowed him to accurately predict such futuristic devices as portable computers and cell phones in 1942. He also was one of the first to show the effects of an increasingly technological society, including vast passages on robotics, of which Asimov was also known for his writings on the “Three Laws of Robotics.”

No casting has been announced, but it seems HBO will be using the same format that it has so successfully done with the “Song of Ice and Fire” stories on “Game of Thrones.” So far, the first season will focus on just part of the first book. If it is successful, subsequent seasons will delve further into the universe of the first book.

Jonathan Nolan has also been hired by HBO to write a television adaptation of Michael Crichton’s “Westworld” which will star Anthony Hopkins. That series may begin airing as early as late 2015, but as of now there are no words for “Foundation.” There is only the excitement of millions ready to see the long awaited adaptation of one of the greatest works of science fiction in history.

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