Apple used part of its Worldwide Developers Conference, which took place today, to unveil Foundation. The upcoming Apple TV+ show is based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov and it looks massive in scope. Apple's streaming platform isn't even a year old and they are still looking for their big hit. While just looking at the trailer, it seems they could very well have their own Game of Thrones under their belts if everything goes according to plan.
The Foundation series chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire. Isaac Asimov's source material was a great influence on Frank Herbert's Dune and George Lucas' Star Wars, and one can already see some visual similarities when looking at the brief bit of footage. Executive producer David S. Goyer is shown at the beginning of the trailer talking about how long people have tried to get Foundation made, which also puts a lot of pressure on the show.
Foundation stars SAG Award-winner and Emmy-nominee Jared Harris as Hari Seldon, Lee Pace as Brother Day, Lou Llobell as Gaal, Leah Harvey as Salvor, Laura Birn as Demerzel, Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk, and Cassian Bilton as play Brother Dawn. Apple originally announced the series back in 2018 and they have been hard at work trying to get it made, reportedly dropping a lot of money into it at the same time.
Production on Foundation was halted earlier this year and it's unclear when the cast and crew will be getting back to work. With that being said, there currently is no official premiere date, though many were thinking early 2021 would be the right time. With production taking a breather, we may be looking at a premiere much later, which will put even more added pressure on the series. People have attempted to bring Foundation to the big and small screen for decades now, and much like Denis Villeneuve's upcoming big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune, there are fans who will be watching it very closely to see how it compares with the source material. Foundation has the benefit of being a series, so they should be able to get a lot of the books into the show.
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. Hopefully they'll be able to get Foundation out into the world soon because it looks pretty intriguing. You can watch the trailer for the upcoming series above, thanks to the Apple TV YouTube channel.