Among the most interesting Apple TV+ projects we’ve heard of in recent years is a hugely ambitious series based on the venerable Isaac Asimov Foundation sci-fi trilogy, and now it looks like filming is set to start in Ireland in the very near future.
We first heard that Apple would be tackling this project nearly two years ago, but like many of the secret company’s productions, things got pretty quiet after that, with little new information surfacing. until last fall, when news broke that Apple had cast Jared Harris and Lee Pace to lead the new sci-fi drama series.
Today, a new report from Deadline reveals that the series will soon begin filming in Ireland and is in fact set to become the largest-scale production ever in that country. According to a press briefing held in Dublin today by Ireland ScreenThe country’s national film funding body, Apple’s production is expected to create more than 500 new jobs when it begins filming at Troy Studios in Limerick.
Apple’s ‘Game of Thrones’ moment?
by Asimov Foundation is one of the most legendary works of science fiction ever written, and in fact served as the foundation that defined the entire modern science fiction genre, inspiring everything from Star Wars to Star Trek, it never So is no exaggeration to remain so securing the production rights to this series is a major blow for Apple – provided it can pull it off.
In fact, many believe this could be Apple’s “Game of Thrones” moment, an epic sci-fi fantasy series that could help put Apple TV+ firmly in the same class as HBO – something Apple is trying very hard to do. clearly to do. Apple has already acquired the rights to Masters of the Air, the third installment of the Band of brothers saga that was one of HBO’s first successes, which will not be produced by any team no less important than Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
However, as prestigious as masters of the air will be for Apple, Foundation will be in a class of its own, as the story is absolutely massive in scope, spanning the saga of exiled humans scattered across hundreds of worlds that are part of a massive galactic empire, over the course of thousands of years.
Many writers have tried – and failed – to translate the intricately sprawling galaxy saga to the big screen, because there are so many layers involved. Even HBO couldn’t figure out how to develop it into a series, despite the talent of Interstellar co-writer and Westworld executive producer Jonathan Nolan, and he died on the table. In fact, until news broke last fall that Apple had laid the groundwork, many wouldn’t have been surprised if it also failed to come together for Apple.
The executive producer behind the new series will be David S. Goyer, who is best known for his work on the terminator reboot, as well as The black Knight, batman beginsand the Blade franchise. Jared Harris will play the story’s main protagonist, Hari Seldon, a mathematical genius who predicts the demise of the Galactic Empire, while Lee Pace will play Brother Day, the Emperor of the Galaxy.
In early December, Variety reported that Apple had also added five other cast members, including Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann and Cassian Bilton. Llobell will play the role of Gaal, a mathematical genius from a rural and repressed planet, while Harvey will play Salvor, the protective and intuitive guardian of a remote outer planet.
Laura Birn will star as Demerzel, the enigmatic assistant to the Emperor of the Galaxy, while Mann and Bilton will portray Brother Dusk and Brother Dawn, the oldest and youngest members of the ruling Imperial family respectively.
Apple is said to be trying to stay as faithful as possible to the format of Asimov’s works, which tell the story of “The Foundation”, the eponymous group of human exiles who are forced to defy the Galactic Empire in order to to save him. With filming on the series only expected to begin in the coming weeks, it’s unclear when it might actually land on Apple TV+, though it could potentially be ready as a flagship entry for the service’s fall lineup.