If you have ever read Isaac Asimov Foundation series of science fiction novels, you know they are little wordy. Seven books that span thousands upon thousands of years and it is hard science fiction. Like algebra hard, it’s about a mathematician who spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory (a concept of mathematical sociology) that can predict the future! Surely Hollywood would leave it alone, there are no car chases, land marks being destroyed or gratuitous sex scenes…
Well, they are. And don’t call me Shirley.
Sony Pictures has hired Dante Harper to adapt Foundation, the groundbreaking Isaac Asimov science fiction trilogy which Roland Emmerich is developing to direct. Emmerich has been attached since the studio acquired the property in early 2009 when he and former Centropolis partner Michael Wimer won a multi-studio auction as the rights became available.
Wait, what? Roland Emmerich? The dude that made Independence Day, 2012, Godzilla (not the cool Japanese ones, that weird American iguana one), really? HOW?!? Why?
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. The protagonist is a psycho-historian who has an ability to read the future and sees that the empire will collapse imminently. He sets out to save the knowledge of mankind from being wiped out.
Forgive me if I am wrong here, but the Foundation books are, dare I say it, cerebral in nature. Tightly woven schemes and plots with an intricate undertone of hard science. Not stuff getting blowed up real good while that guy from “Say Anything” ramps a limo through disaster. Do they really think they can adapt these books into a big summer blockbuster? That Roland “I hate landmarks” Emmerich is the guy to do it? What will it end up being on the silver screen?
My call is Vin Diesel stars, and he has to save the world by shooting people. With his “Math Gun” – then things get blow’d up.