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Asimov's 'Foundation' Getting Celluloid Treatment

I'm an Isaac Asimov fan. I've read several of his novels - some, many times over.

The last time an attempt was made on the celluloid life of one of his ideas, it starred Will Smith, along with a shitload of sub-par CGI effects, and the results left a sour taste in my mouth.

That episode is nowhere nearly as ambitious as the next Asimov work I just learned is set to come to a theatre near you soon - his epic masterwork titled, Foundation.

Asimov wrote the Foundation Series over a forty-year period, between the 1940s and 1980s. It's made up of seven connected volumes, although each can be read individually. The volume is highly acclaimed, winning the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966.

Foundation centers on a society that has learned how to predict its future based on a method called psychohistory, and sets up a foundation devoted to scientific research to protect itself and ensure its survival.

It's infused with political and philosophical themes, spans hundreds of years, essentially tracking the rise and fall of entire civilizations, and each book contains a new set of characters, all of which pose a multitude of challenges for a big-screen adaptation.

So to Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, both formely of the now defunct New Line Cinema, I wish you lots of luck! Foundation has millions of devout fans across the globe who wouldn't hesitate to string you both up by your testicles if you fail in your attempt.

I'm just saying...



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