Isaac Asimov's "Foundation"-Trilogie soll verfilmt werden - nach einigem Hin und Her unter der Regie von Roland Emmerich (u.a. "Stargate", "Independence Day", "The Day After Tomorrow")...
In einer Zeit, in der sich die Menschheit über die ganze Galaxis ausgebreitet hat und - regiert vom Zentrum des Imperiums, dem Planeten Trantor - in Frieden gedeiht, entwickelt Hari Seldon eine neue mathematische Disziplin: die Psychohistorie. Damit ist es ihm möglich, zukünftige gesellschaftliche Ereignisse vorherzusagen, wenn er die Menschen nicht als Individuum sondern als Gruppe betrachtet. Zieht man alle gegenwärtigen Parameter mit ein, kann man eine Prognose der wahrscheinlichsten zukünftigen Entwicklung berechnen...
Dieser Hari Seldon kommt nun zu dem Ergebnis, daß Trantor, und mit ihm das gesamte Imperium, fallen wird, und die Galaxis in eine 30 Jahrtausende währende Periode der Barberei eintreten wird. Dies will er verhindern, indem er an zwei Stellen in der Galaxis Kolonien gründet, sogenannte Foundations, die vom Rest des Imperiums relativ isoliert sind und so, nach dessen Untergang, die Keimzellen für ein neues Imperium darstellen sollen. Mit diesem Plan kann er den Zusamenbruch zwar nicht verhindern, aber - so sein Plan - die Dauer des Dunklen Zeitalters zumindest auf ein Jahrtausend verkürzen...
Das Problem liegt nur in der Tatsache, daß auch die Entwicklung der Foundation zum Kern eines neuen Imperiums, wie alle Vorhersagen der Psychohistorie, nur eine Wahrscheinlichkeit darstellt. Seldon sah bereits bei der Gründung der Foundation zahlreiche Krisen voraus, die gelöst werden müssen, damit sich alles wie erhofft entwickelt...
Der erste "Foundation"-Kinofilm soll im Erfolgsfall weitere Filme nach sich ziehen...
Daneben soll auch das Comic "The Foundation" von John Rozum und Kody Chamberlain verfilmt werden...
Empire sprach mit Roland Emmerich über die Verfilmung...
[...] A much more likely option for the near future - neutrinos permitting - is Emmerich's long-gestating take on Isaac Asimov’s none-more-cerebral space odyssey, Foundation. Tweaks to Robert Rodat’s script aside, decision time is fast approaching for the CG-fuelled adaptation. Says Emmerich: "We’ve hired a production designer and it’s mainly now to find out what the movie will cost. It’ll take us until the end of March, then we’ll decide. The studio’s happy with the script, but now’s the time that the numbers count. I want to make a movie that’s very different from other science-fiction movies and I don’t want to have the burden of too big a budget." [...]
MTV sprach mit Roland Emmerich...
Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" trilogy is a pillar of the science-fiction community, and director Roland Emmerich is planning to model his three-picture adaptation of the tome after the biggest movie in the history of cinema.
MTV News has exclusively learned from Emmerich himself that "Foundation" will be a 3-D epic using technology similar to the CG motion-capture techniques used in "Avatar."
"The 'Avatar' technology applies to 'Foundation,' " Emmerich said. "It has to be done all CG because I would not know how to shoot this thing in real."
When asked if that meant 'Foundation' would be in 3-D and mo-cap, Emmerich replied, "Yes."
Probed even further, Emmerich said he's looking forward to a new challenge at this point in his career. "Probably now all big movies have to be 3-D," he said. "It's not only the effect of 3-D, ['Avatar' has] just shown that if you do a movie in 3-D, you can ask for more money and that's the trick. I think now everybody who does bigger movies has to shoot them in 3-D. I think there's no way around it. I was on the set of 'Avatar' and I saw how it worked and I really thought, 'That's the ultimate way of making movies.' "
After working to develop a story with Robert Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan"), Emmerich said he expects to receive a draft of the script before the end of the week. "Rumor has it on Friday I get the script," he said.
We'll have more to come soon on Emmerich's insights into his "Foundation" adaptation, including the adjustments necessary to shape Asimov's tales into a manageable big screen storyline and his wariness about the wrath of hardcore Asimov fans.
CS! sprach ein weiteres Mal mit Roland Emmerich, u.a. über "Foundation"...
Q: [...] How are you planning to work with the characters for "Foundation" since they're all in separate stories?
Emmerich: I was quite interested working with it like in "I, Robot." That pretty much changed everything, and the fans hated the movie, so I didn't want to do that. On the other hand, "Foundation" it has a similar problem; these are short stories that were later combined into a book... Bob Rodat came to me and told me he was a fanatic reader of the "Foundation." He said we had to consolidate the characters, and that's what we did. It has worked really, really well in the context... I think in spirit it is totally "Foundation," but it is has consolidated characters that go through it.
Q: Have you read the script yet?
Emmerich: No, but he keeps calling me and saying, "It is fantastic Roland! I have never read such a good script!" I said, "Well maybe you should send it to me!" He is a great guy. I think I will get it soon. He promised me before "2012" comes out. [...]
CS! sprach mit Roland Emmerich, u.a. über "Foundation"...
Q: [...] With Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series, how do you plan to handle such a large mythology? Will it be an original take or a literal adaptation?
Emmerich: Well, I was interested in Asimov before and I think with "I, Robot" they changed everything and fans kind of hated the movie so I didn't want to do that. On the other end, the "Foundation" is a similar problem in that you have all these short stories and then they were combined into a book and so in a way there is not one character and I spoke with the Rob and he said we have to consolidate the characters and that's what we did and it worked really, really well in the context and I think if Asimov would have conceived this as a science fiction trilogy or series from the very beginning, he would have done that too but he didn't, so I think in spirit it's totally "Foundation" but has consolidated characters that go through the three movies.
Q: Have you read the script yet?
Emmerich: No, but he keeps calling me and saying, "It's fantastic, Roland! I've never read such a good script!" and I say, "Well, maybe you should send it to me?" I love him. He's a great, great guy but I think I'll get it soon. He promised me he'd get it to me before "2012" comes out.
[...] we learned that Oscar-nominated writer Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot) has been hired to adapt it.
"'Foundation' is my first attempt to do a series of movies, because we're developing three movies: 'Foundation,' 'Foundation and Empire' and 'Second Foundation,'" he told us. "It took me a long time to actually wait for the moment where the rights were totally free and we got them all, it's like 11 books, and we own the title 'Foundation' and also some of the robot novels and now we can really do these. I just hired a very good writer, the writer of 'Saving Private Ryan' who wrote 'The Patriot' for me and he's incredible. He is the most knowledgeable person I ever met about the 'Foundation' novels. It's great to write with somebody like that because there's no, 'I'll just look in the book and see what's there'... he knows it. I had a certain idea and he had a certain idea and that together I think will make this a movie."
He wasn't sure whether that would be his next movie because he hasn't actually seen a finished script. [...]
Columbia won an auction late Thursday for screen rights to "Foundation," Isaac Asimov's ground breaking science fiction trilogy. The film will be developed as a directing vehicle for Roland Emmerich.
Emmerich and his Centropolis partner Michael Wimer will produce the film. The deal was mid six-figures against low seven figures.
Originally published as a series of eight short stories in Astounding Magazine beginning in 1942, "Foundation" is a complex saga about humans who are scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, living under the rule of the Galactic Empire.
A psycho-historian who can scientifically read the future sees an imminent empire collapse, and sets to work preparing to save the knowledge of mankind.
The emergence of Sony and Emmerich at the controls of "Foundation" is a surprise development, and one that owes at least a bit to the animosity between Warner Bros. and Fox over "Watchmen."
The property, originally developed by Fox and producer Vince Gerardis, found its way to New Line, and then to Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne as the first major project announcement after the former heads of New Line formed Unique Pictures at WB.
Gerardis, whose Created By formerly repped the Asimov estate and who is producing an adaptation of Asimov's "The End of Eternity" at New Regency, was attached as producer. And Fox would have had to be compensated for its development costs. That became a problem for WB, and the studio allowed its option to lapse, expecting to quietly make a new deal with a clear chain of rights that would have left Fox and Gerardis on the outside.
It turned into a spirited auction. WB bid for Unique and director Alex Proyas, Fox bid for Gerardis. Emmerich and Sony were the surprise entrants. Turns out that Wimer had been tracking the availability of the rights since he was Emmerich's agent at CAA, and Columbia Pictures president Matt Tolmach pounced. Emmerich and Wimer just completed "2012" at Sony.
CAA and Trident Media's Dan Strone brokered the deal on behalf of the Asimov estate.
Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are looking to the future -- literally.
The New Line founders-turned-producers have signed on to produce their first project since they received their post-New Line deal at Warners, boarding an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's futuristic sci-fi epic "Foundation" that they'll produce through their Unique Features banner.
Warners recently picked up "Foundation," which had been in development at Fox. Vince Gerardis, who had been attached as a producer in the Fox incarnation, will remain on board as a producer for the Warners project with Shaye and Lynne.
"Foundation" is based on Asimov's "Foundation Trilogy," which centers on a society that has figured out how to predict the future based on a method called psychohistory and sets up a foundation devoted to scientific research to protect itself and ensure its survival.
The politically inflected work, which features such characters as the prophetic Hari Seldon and a villain called the Mule, spans hundreds of years, essentially tracking the rise and fall of civilizations. Each book contains a new set of characters, which has in the past prompted some development execs to say they consider it a difficult work to adapt for the screen.
Shaye and Lynne's goal is to adapt the first book for now, and, if it's successful, potentially follow the New Line "Lord of the Rings" template by developing adaptations down the road of the second and third books.
Calling the trilogy "one of the things I've had close to my heart" since he read the books as a young man, Shaye said the project had as its goal locating and creating an audience for the Asimov classic. "Our idea to renew the worldwide audience's appetite for the story," he said.
Shaye noted that the books' political themes, particularly its focus on the rise and fall of empires, give the movie a geopolitical relevance. But he also said their complexity would cause the company to move forward carefully. "This is not a script you can knock out in six months," he said.
Science fiction is a genre in which the duo and New Line had dabbled, most notably in recent years with "The Last Mimzy," the sci-fi family tale that Shaye directed.
Shaye and Lynne exited the Warner fold this year as part of Time Warner's absorption of New Line. This month, the pair announced the formation of Unique, a production company with a three-year, first-look deal at Warners. The goal is to produce two or three movies per year, with Warners handling marketing and distribution.
Hollywood has found Asimov a difficult writer to adapt to film because his books tend to incorporate philosophical themes as much as action elements. Still, the loose adaptation of his "I, Robot" collection of stories turned into a $340 million global hit for Fox in 2004.
Fox, which adapted the whole trilogy as one standalone script (perhaps in a bid to counteract development obstacles), had attached several individuals who had worked on an earlier Asimov adaptation. In addition to Gerardis, who produced "I, Robot," Jeff Vintar, who penned the screenplay to that film, was attached to pen the "Foundation" screenplay. Vintar has said in interviews that he was focusing on the latter parts of the trilogy, which span a more limited period of time, to make the Fox project more manageable.
Shaye said that the ambition of the "Foundation" project makes it the right movie to kick off the Unique slate. "This epitomizes the movies we want to make, not the movies that ought to be made to fill a slate or movies that repeat an old formula," he said.
Paramount Pictures has pre-emptively picked up the rights to "The Foundation," an upcoming comic book to be published by Boom! Studios. Boom founders Andrew Cosby and Ross Richie will serve as producers.
Written by John Rozum and drawn by Kody Chamberlain, the five-issue miniseries uses the prophesies of Nostradamus as its backdrop. In the tale, Nostradamus' books of foreshadowing made him a rich man, and he took his riches and created a foundation to prevent the prophesies from happening. The comic focuses on the secret team in the present day who uses the prophet's published and unpublished works to predict threats to the world.
There is no writer attached.
Dan Levine and Elizabeth Raposo will oversee for the studio.
"Foundation" is the third title that Boom has set up. The 18-month-old company has the action-thriller comic "Talent" and the horror comic "Tag" both set up at Universal that Cosby, who also co-created Sci Fi Channel's "Eureka," and Richie are producing with Marc Platt.
Jeff Vintar, Drehbuchautor des von Fox als großes Eventmovie angekündigten "I, Robot" nach einem Comic von Isaac Asimov, wurde von New Line und abermals von Fox für weitere SF-Comicadaptionen unter Vertrag genommen. [...] wird sich Vintar für Fox an die Adaption von Isaac Asimovs weltbekannter SF-Trilogie "Foundation" machen, für die Shekhar Kapur als Regisseur vorgesehen ist. [...]
[...] Twentieth Century Fox has just hired a writer to script two movies at the same time, ala "Lord of the Rings," these being the scripts to FOUNDATION and SECOND FOUNDATION. They tell the story of Hari Seldon and his science of psycho-history, which predicts the next thousand years of the human race. The future is put in jeopardy by the appearance of the Mule, a mutant who takes over the galaxy, and who can't have been part of Seldon's Plan. Fox obviously sees this as a sci-fi Lord of the Rings. The writer is Jeff Vintar, who penned next summer's Will Smith starrer "I, ROBOT" based on his original screenplay "Hardwired," with characters and concepts from Asimov, a sort of "early days at U.S. Robotics" prequel that Alex Proyas [DARK CITY] is directing.
The plan for the FOUNDATION movies is for a very faithful adaptation of the sci-fi classic, turning the trilogy of loosely-connected stories into at least two films. The director is Shekhar Kapur [BANDIT QUEEN, ELIZABETH], and the producer is Vince Gerardis [the upcoming FORGE OF GOD from Warner Bros.]. Vintar will begin work on the scripts when he completes his adaptation of the Vertigo comic book Y: THE LAST MAN for New Line Cinema, which David S. Goyer [BLADE] is producing...
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