Jonathan Nolan has been quietly developing the project for HBO for the past few months, revealing in an interview with IndieWire that he loves the original novels. He said this when asked what sci-fi work he thinks more people need to know about:
"Well, I f---ing love the Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov'. They're certainly not well-known, but that's a set of books I think everyone would benefit from reading. That's a set of books where the influence they have is just fucking massive. They have many imitators and many have been inspired by them, but go back and read those, and there are some ideas in those that'll set your fucking hair on fire."
The story follows mathematician Hari Seldon, who spent his life developing the theory of "psychohistory," which uses the law of mass action to predict historical events. He forsees the upcoming fall of the Galactic Empire and a dark age that will last 30,000 years, which leads him to create a Foundation of artisans and engineers to establish a new empire.
Sony Pictures previously tried to adapt the Foundation novels as a feature back in 2009, but after the project fell apart, HBO picked up the rights when they became available earlier this summer.
Jonathan Nolan is also working on the Westworld TV series for HBO.