Rupert Sanders, director of Ghost in the Shell and Snow White and the Huntsman, will direct the first episode of the Apple + Foundation series, Deadline.com writes. The filmmaker thus makes the switch to television with a project that perfectly suits his preferences – Sanders declared both the attraction for the SF genre and the fact that he is a big fan of Isaac Asimov.
Asimov’s famous SF saga has long been in the spotlight for Hollywood producers. Roland Emmerich tried a film adaptation in 2011, and HBO was preparing a series in 2014 with Jonathan Nolan; none of the projects has materialized.
The Apple + production will only be inspired by the basic trilogy (of the seven volumes in the series) and has been described as “an epic saga, about a group of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is the clear refusal to you obey ”.
The project, which will have 10 episodes in the first phase, will be supervised by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Terminator: Dark Fate). The central role, that of Hari Seldon (the genius mathematician who develops a form of scientific prediction of the future), rests with Jared Harris, while Lee Pace will play Brother Day, the ruler of the Empire.
Apple + will launch on November 1st. Among the series that will be included in the streaming platform offers is The Morning Show, with Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell and See, with Jason Momoa.