With every studio searching for the “Next Game Of Thrones” Apple might have found it, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series. Foundation is the definition of Epic story telling. The premise of Foundation is that, sometime in our future, in the final days of the Galactic Empire, a mathematician named Hari Seldon dedicates his life to saving the best of humanity. He does this through the development of psychohistory, a new and effective mathematical sociology. Psychohistory uses statistical laws of mass action and it can be used to predict the path that large populations will take. Seldom’s greatest fear is that the Empire will fall and a new dark age of 30,000 years will befall the human race,
With the knowledge that the Empires time is not only here, but that it cannot be stopped Seldon devises a plan to deflect things, just a little and limit fall of humanity from 30,000 years to 1,000 years. To implement his plan, Seldon creates the Foundations—two groups of scientists and engineers settled at opposite ends of the galaxyto preserve the spirit of science and civilization, and thus become the cornerstones of the new galactic empire.
If any of this series is familiar to you it is because both the films I Robot and Bicentennial Man where set in the Foundation universe, though at different times. So we already know that there kind of his a built in audience for this. Not only that but Foundation also began some of Science Fictions most endearing tropes, such as A.I. and tech Priests. It even delves into mass economics and political theory. The book was truly ahead of its time and if handled well could speak volumes to a modern audience.
With Jonathan Nolan writing the series, brother of Christopher Nolan and heavily involved with The Dark Knight Trilogy, West World and Person of Interest you know that everything is going to not only be deep but just well woven. If you have been watching West World, especially its latest season you will know that Johnathan Nolan has the unique set of skills to deal with a series that asks the big questions about Fate and Technology.
Then David Goyer is acting as the show runner and he has worked on a multitude of projects, though his best are always Nolan related. Mix in a fantastic cast which see’s Jared Haris and Lee Pace taking the leads and finally add in a studio desperate for a big hit, one that may just let the production team go a little crazy and in this production you might just have the next Game Of Thrones. After all I am sure we are all just sick of knights in armour and Dragons, so let us try something new.
Hopefully, this Foundation TV series introduction of the FICTIONAL concept of psychohistory, to a world wide audience, larger than ever before, will amplify interest in building a REAL psychohistory “here on Earth”. For the last 20 years, a start toward this has been, and continues to be, in development by a public interest, pro bono think tank named Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica. Their works are available for free of charge download via http://www.dialectics.info .