It's being reported today that Apple is developing a drama series based on the "Foundation" book trilogy by Isaac Asimov. Goyer is known for writing work on The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, among others, and Friedman has credits for Avatar 2 and the War of the Worlds remake. It is unknown exactly when Apple's partners will start shooting, and what kind of court will be shown a series.
Originally, Foundation was written by Isamov as a series of short stories published in Astounding Magazine way back in 1942 that were eventually developed into the first novel.
The series is the latest step the iPhone maker has taken to acquire original programming as it seeks to rival more established outlets such as Netflix Inc, Time Warner Inc's HBO and Amazon.com Inc's Amazon Studios.
Hollywood's attempts over the past two decades to bring the Russian-American author and scientist's saga of humans living on planets scattered throughout the Milky Way galaxy to either television or the big screen have so far never come to fruition.
Foundation is said to have influenced a variety of films and shows, including Star Wars. Apple also has given straight-to-series orders to Amazing Stories, a re-imagining of the anthology from Steven Spielberg, a Ronald D. Moore space drama, a Damien Chazelle series, a comedy starring Kristin Wiig, world-building drama See from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, as well as an M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller.
Apple announced a year ago that it would be developing original programming to compete with other streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
Skydance Television adds Foundation to a series slate that includes Altered Carbon, Grace and Frankie, Condor and the upcoming Jack Ryan and Dietland. Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also will executive produce.