How Foundation preserved Asimov’s big ideas while bringing the story to vivid life
Ars chats with showrunner David S. Goyer and science advisor Kevin Hand
When showrunner David S. Goyer took on the monumental task of adapting Isaac Asimov's hugely influential Foundation series of science fiction novels for Apple TV+, he knew it would not be a straightforward matter. As I've written previously, the author himself admitted that he wrote strictly for the printed page, and he always refused invitations to adapt his work for film or TV.
But Asimov was more than happy to let others adapt his work to a new medium, and he was wise enough to expect that there would—and should—be significant departures from the print version. In doing so, Goyer had to strike a balance between respecting Asimov's sweeping visionary ideas without lapsing into slavish reverence and over-pontification. To my mind, he did it beautifully, producing more of a remix than a straight adaptation that is compelling and powerful in its own right.
Another challenge was figuring out how to incorporate science and technology that was reasonably accurate. An astrobiologist and planetary scientist at Jet Propulsion Lab, Kevin Hand had worked with Goyer years before on Krypton, and the two had stayed in touch. So when Goyer needed a scientist with expertise in space, interstellar travel, and planetary dynamics, among other topics, naturally he turned to Hand.
Ars sat down with Goyer and Hand to learn more about the journey to bring this classic work to television.
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I love watching these long (2-3h+) LOST analysis videos. For all it's issues, LOST was still a fantastic rollercoaster ride, with great characters having great moments, and amazing music.
And it was all done as they went along, with little planning overall. It's amazing it came out as good as it did, for how chaotic its production sounds. It's no surprise the lead dude, Damon Lindelof went on to adapt/create the amazing Leftovers. He's really talented.
I couldn't get into Lost despite trying several times. It was just too vague for me. Maybe I'll give it another shot someday.
Just moved the Lost chat here from the movie thread.
I remember being quite engaged by the first season, but then into the second series it seemed very clear to me they were making it up as they went along, and I drifted off.
More book (and soon to be TV) spoilersI stalled out partway through the third episode, so that's good to hear. Maybe I'll pick it up again later tonight.
I actually disagree with this. A key part of the Dragon's nature as a character is his growing insanity, which is the mechanism that makes others fear he will break the world again. And his insanity is driven by the taint on the male half of the One Power, which is inherently gender-linked as a foundational element of Jordan's world-building. A reincarnation of the Dragon who did not face the danger of taint-driven madness would be a fundamentally different life thread and wouldn't fit into the cyclical pattern the Wheel is weaving.
I see this, along with the shift from three to four ta'veren, as a misguided attempt to make Egwene's character more special. She doesn't need it. She's a spectacular character as-is, all the more impressive because her achievements aren't done with the wind of Destiny at her back.
Just started watching 'Another Life' series 1 from 2019. Not sure how I managed to miss this one back in the day…First episode was Ok…Ticks the PC boxes though…