‘Foundation’ Trailer: Apple TV+ Spends All the Money on Asimov’s Massive Sci-Fi Epic

     June 22, 2020

Your next favorite sci-fi series might be coming sooner than you think. Based on the books by Isaac Asimov, the upcoming Apple TV+ series Foundation seems set to to deliver a massive sci-fi epic on the scale of Dune or Game of Thrones, as seen in the trailer above.

This surprisingly substantial teaser features executive producer David S. Goyer revealing more than just a glimpse into the making of the saga, which (according to the official Apple TV+ release) “chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.”

The cast for Foundation includes the always incredible Jared Harris as Hari Seldon; one-time pie-maker Lee Pace as Brother DayLou Llobell as GaalLeah Harvey as SalvorLaura Birn as DemerzelTerrence Mann as Brother Dusk; and Cassian Bilton as Brother Dawn.

Attempts to adapt Foundation for the screen have stretched on for decades, with notable producers including Roland Emmerich and Jonathan Nolan at one point attached to find a way to translate Asimov’s series of novels. With television now a proven medium for epic storytelling on this scale, the time might now be right for this project.

While production on the show was suspended due to COVID-19 back in March, but by releasing this trailer at its Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple clearly means to make Foundation a major part of its future programming. There is no premiere date set yet, but it doesn’t feel too overly optimistic that the series might be completed before the end of 2021.

Until then, check out the wild visuals above, along with Hari Seldon’s chilling words: “I don’t like the future I predict.”

“Foundation” is executive produced by Robyn Asimov, David S. Goyer, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross. The series is produced for Apple by Skydance Television.

Apple TV+ is now available in over 100 countries on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com.

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