To say Apple TV's Foundation diverges from its source material would be a bit of an understatement. An adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic science fiction novels, Foundation is less interested in following its source material to the letter than it is in creating a story within Asimov's universe that would make good TV. The basic plot remains the same: mathematician Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) foretells the fall of the Galactic Empire thanks to his theory of psychohistory. Knowing the fall is inevitable, he establishes the Foundation in order to preserve knowledge and, hopefully, civilization in the years to come. Foundation takes this story and tweaks it in some pretty big ways, which makes sense when considering the scale of Asimov's work.
Life during the Covid-19 pandemic would be even more difficult without the Internet and automation, making this year timely for the upcoming "Dune" film to portray a distant future where humanity is devastated by our dependence on machines. Director Dennis Villeneuve is set to release his adaptation of the science fiction epic on October 22, both on HBO Max and in movie theaters. The release was delayed from last December to make it safer for people to view and hear the space fantasy in theaters. WarnerMedia aims to distribute Villeneuve's vision of the first "Dune" novel in two films, but has not yet scheduled a release date for the second film after the first half is released. Frank Herbert's "Dune" novel begins in the far distant future, thousands of years after humans were enslaved by robots, fought a revolutionary crusade and banned artificial intelligence with a new anti-tech religion.
Apple has added yet another TV series to its ever growing lineup. The latest addition, Deadline reports, is an ambitious project headed by David S. Goyer (Blade, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Avatar 2) that will adapt Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. While adaptations of Foundation have been attempted for both TV and the big screen, they've been abandoned due to the complexity of the novels' storylines. Fox, Warner Bros, Sony and HBO all have scrapped Foundation projects to their name. Foundation centers on Hari Seldon, a psycho-historian who has developed a way to predict the future.
Fans of dystopian science fiction might want to take note of this one. Based on the short stories, then novels, released in the '40s and '50s by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov, Apple TV series Foundation follows a group of exiles aiming to rebuild after the fall of the Galactic Empire. And judging by this new trailer, the second look we've seen, it's going to be a pretty ambitious series. As Mashable's Chris Taylor writes, "The Foundation Trilogy is a grand galactic epic. Think: science fiction's answer to Lord of the Rings. Indeed (and to Asimov's surprise), it once beat out Tolkien's trilogy, in a one-time Hugo Award contest for best speculative fiction series of all time. George Lucas was clearly inspired by Asimov's Galactic Empire."
Are you newly Dune-curious after watching the glorious debut trailer for Denis Villeneuve's upcoming adaptation? Well, Mashable has you covered. If you're already well-acquainted with the spice, Melange, and you know the difference between Stilgar and a stillsuit, you're not going to learn much here. But Dune is a vast and sometimes confusing sci-fi universe, and total newcomers might want to understand what they're stepping into before seeing how Villeneuve brought it to life. So, without further ado, let's take a trip to Arrakis.