EXCLUSIVE: Three months after Apple landed for development a TV series based on Foundation, the seminal Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy, the project has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order. The series order completes an year-long journey for the project. Last June, Deadline revealed that Skydance had made a deal with the Asimov estate and has tapped Goyer and Friedman to crack the code on a sprawling series based on the books that informed Star Wars and many other sci-fi films and TV series. Originally published as a short story series in Astounding Magazine in 1942, Asimov’s Foundation is the complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. Most recently, HBO tried developing a series several years ago. This is the second Apple show to start as development and get a series order, joining Are You Sleeping, starring Octavia Spencer. Skydance Television adds Foundation to a series slate that includes Altered Carbon, Grace and Frankie, Condor, Dietand and the upcoming Jack Ryan.
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