What about Foundation (David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman, since 2021), the Apple TV + series based on the most mythical novels of the great Isaac Asimov, it is quite a cinematographic event, probably unrepeatable, it cannot be questioned in any reasonable way. Surely many readers of this science fiction genius have fantasized that some filmmaker would dare to adapt this essential literary saga of seven books to the small screen, which is now not so small at all.
To our joy, it has finally happened, and what a joy to see the galactic images and the alien landscapes that we have only dreamed of so far, and what a pleasure it is to hear a logical voice-over say the men of the characters we love and that they show them to us in the living flesh and bones of the actors who interpret them. Almost without blinking we looked at them.
Two little obvious filmmakers for ‘Fundación’
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That Apple TV + chose David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman to take care of such an adaptation, perhaps the most important of the century due to its size in the genre, did not seem an obvious option. The one has not stood out too much in the direction of the films Zig Zag (2002), Blade: Trinity (2004), What is not seen (2007) and The seed of evil (2009), nor with the episodes of Operation Threshold ( Bragi F. Schut, 2005-2006) and his Flashforward (2009-2010) and Da Vinci’s Demons (2013-2015).
His status in Hollywood, which has allowed him to take care of the Foundation, is due to the scripts you have signed for The Raven: City of Angels (Tim Pope, 1996), Dark City (Alex Proyas 1998) with Lem Dobbs, the Blade trilogy (Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro and him, 1998-2004), Jumper (Doug Liman, 2008 ) with Jim Uhls and Simon Kinberg, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Znyder, 2016) and Terminator: Dark Fate (Tim Miller, 2019).
In addition to the story of Batman Begins, The dark knight and The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, 2005-2012) and Man of Steel (Snyder, 2013). And that he has experience in the creation of television fictions for Blade: The Series (2006), the aforementioned Flahforward, with Brannon Braga, and Da Vinci’s Demons and, finally, Constantine (2014-2015).
As to Josh friedman, who has had time to carve out a shorter career than that of David S. Goyer, we can say that he has written the librettos for War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg, 2005) and La Dalia Negra (Brian de Palma, 2006), and who has produced the Terminator series: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009), Emerald City (2016-2017) with Matthew Arnold and Snowpiercer ( since 2020) with Graeme Manson.
Beyond the essential in the work of Isaac Asimov
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Luckily for Apple TV + and viewers, both have understood very well that the essence of Isaac Asimov’s narrative is intellectual, frozen in fascination, and that its strength lies in the irreducible ingenuity of his approaches, developed through very interesting conversations. That essence is, of course, in the Foundation; But this does not prevent David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman from being concerned about offering it to us with due varied planning and a good pace in the montage and, also, sequences of the great show that could be taken between the lines.
The lavish production design construction site by Rory Cheyne, which had already shown off in the baroque Hannibal (Bryan Fuller, 2013-2015) and the striking American Gods (Fuller and Michael Green, 2017-2021), and matured by Adorjan Portik (Dune) and his directing team art makes us shiver with real pleasure in front of the amazing compositions of science fiction and the beautiful extraterrestrial nature that they offer us. What visual enjoyment, the Foundation.
Above all, combined with the one that brings us to the ears Bear McCreary’s almost ubiquitous and epic soundtrack, which we already know from his scores for Galactica, combat star (Ronald D. Moore, 2004-2009), The Walking Dead (Frank Darabont and Angela Kang, since 2010), Calle Cloverfield, 10 (Dan Trachtenberg, 2016) or Godzilla: The King of the Monsters (Michael Dougherty, 2019). The musician seems very aware that he must help David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman provoke us the greatest amazement in the Foundation chapters.
Looking forward to adapting the seven novels … and all the others
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But none of the fruits of all this wonderful work would be of much use if the cast Foundation, so that it is at the service of the last resort because they illuminate them on stage, it was mediocre; and nothing is more remote from reality. We take off our hats cinephile before the incipient Lou Llobell (Voyagers) as Gaal Dornick, the fantastic Jared Harris (Chernobyl) giving life to the legendary Hari Seldon, Lee Pace (Halt and Catch Fire) as the Emperor, with a detail reminiscent of Dark (Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, 2017-2020); Leah Harvey (Les Miserables) playing Salvor Hardin or Laura Birn (The Innocents) as Demerzel. Don’t you salivate, I insist, at their names?
If not, because you haven’t read Isaac Asimov, don’t worry: this series by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman for Apple TV + it will dazzle you In any case, if you are lovers of science fiction and you are caught by proposals such as The Arrival, Blade Runner 2049 or Dune (Denis Villeneuve, 2016, 2017, 2021); and even if the palace intrigues of Game of Thrones (David Benioff and DB Weiss, 2011-2019) and their rich dialogues won you over. And I hope they adapt the seven novels about the Foundation in the seasons that are necessary; and then jump to the previous ones in a spin-off. Because we would swallow them all with the sincerest joy.