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Emmerich & Asimov

01.16.2009

Foundation, Isaac Asimov Roland Emmerich, who's taken to cinematically destroying Earth on an epic scale both in modern and prehistoric times - his most recent attempt, 2012, involves an apocalyptic demise predicted by the Mayans in the titular year - will next have a science fiction edge to his global destruction. Sony/Columbia recently won the rights to iconic sci fi writer Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series and has set Emmerich to bring about the destruction. Well, not quite, since the story revolves around a psycho-historian who predicts the future using scientific principles who predicts a galactic demise then goes about trying to save the accumulated knowledge of mankind. Sony/Columbia apparently owe their surprise win of the rights to the series to the recent legal brouhaha between Warner Bros. and Fox since WB held the rights at one point. The aforementioned 2012 opens July 10th.

Extra Tidbit: The stories that comprise the "Foundation" series were first published together as a book by Gnome Press in 1951.
Source: Variety

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5:25PM on 01/17/2009

i do.not.understand.this.


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4:10PM on 01/17/2009

Alex Proyas + Asimov - FOX =

1 cinematic sci-fi masterpiece. Also, if you add Warner Brothers to the equation, you have a studio that allows their directors artistic freedom, which means no I, Robot experience repeat. Emmerich doing a "cerebral" story? I don't see that happening. If anything, this could be the sign of the end of the world for sci-fi fans. Wait . . .

The news luke319 brought up, though, is the more irritating part of this. And the fact that the lawsuit with Fox is responsible for the interferences
1 cinematic sci-fi masterpiece. Also, if you add Warner Brothers to the equation, you have a studio that allows their directors artistic freedom, which means no I, Robot experience repeat. Emmerich doing a "cerebral" story? I don't see that happening. If anything, this could be the sign of the end of the world for sci-fi fans. Wait . . .

The news luke319 brought up, though, is the more irritating part of this. And the fact that the lawsuit with Fox is responsible for the interferences that gave Sony the opportunity to buy the rights adds another reason for Proyas to hate Fox: they managed to again ruin his chances of making a good Asimov film with his own vision in mind. Another great director screwed over by the geniuses (ha!) at Fox.
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5:02AM on 01/17/2009

DAMMIT!

Sorry to double post, but if you read the Variety article it says that several studios were bidding the propert and each had a seperate director and producer attached. If Warner Bros. had won then Alex Proyas would be making this instead!
Sorry to double post, but if you read the Variety article it says that several studios were bidding the propert and each had a seperate director and producer attached. If Warner Bros. had won then Alex Proyas would be making this instead!
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4:59AM on 01/17/2009

I agree with emjoi and thembones

I'm a huge Asimov fan, and his Foundation series is regarded by most authors and literary critics as some of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. I'd love to see them adapted to the big screen, but Roland Emmerich really doesn't seem like the best man for the job. Hopefully he'll get distracted with some other project and they'll bring in a more appropriate director. It doesn't have to be a big name like Ridley Scott or anything, somebody like Alex Proyas, Andrew Niccol or Scott
I'm a huge Asimov fan, and his Foundation series is regarded by most authors and literary critics as some of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. I'd love to see them adapted to the big screen, but Roland Emmerich really doesn't seem like the best man for the job. Hopefully he'll get distracted with some other project and they'll bring in a more appropriate director. It doesn't have to be a big name like Ridley Scott or anything, somebody like Alex Proyas, Andrew Niccol or Scott Frank would be perfect. However, what's even more important is the script.
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1:36AM on 01/17/2009

Mayans

The Mayans did not predict an apocalypse, nor the end of the world. It's just that their Calendar ends in 2012, that's it, pessimists just interpret that to mean the end of the world. In all actuality, it's just a reseting, our sun will align with the center of the galaxy, happens once every 26,000 years, the mayan calendar is a 26,000 year clock that resets in 2012, it's sord of like going from midnight to 12:01 am
The Mayans did not predict an apocalypse, nor the end of the world. It's just that their Calendar ends in 2012, that's it, pessimists just interpret that to mean the end of the world. In all actuality, it's just a reseting, our sun will align with the center of the galaxy, happens once every 26,000 years, the mayan calendar is a 26,000 year clock that resets in 2012, it's sord of like going from midnight to 12:01 am
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10:39PM on 01/16/2009

I second that!

Okay, it's been a while since I read Foundation, and at that I never read all (or most) of them. But the first one, at least, was pretty good, and so was the Prelude.

Emmerich is a director I have let slide probably more than I should because of "Independence Day." "Stargate" wasn't too bad, either, and I'd ask the man to conjure up more of that creativity, because essentially everything else is either a disaster flick (which Foundation is not to my understanding), or a gross
Okay, it's been a while since I read Foundation, and at that I never read all (or most) of them. But the first one, at least, was pretty good, and so was the Prelude.

Emmerich is a director I have let slide probably more than I should because of "Independence Day." "Stargate" wasn't too bad, either, and I'd ask the man to conjure up more of that creativity, because essentially everything else is either a disaster flick (which Foundation is not to my understanding), or a gross misinterpretation of American History. Honestly, even Michael Bay has a more intelligent filmography.
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10:21PM on 01/16/2009

Please, not Emmerich

I's love to see Foundation done well, but Emmerich takes good ideas and make them dumb.
I's love to see Foundation done well, but Emmerich takes good ideas and make them dumb.
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8:33PM on 01/16/2009

THIS IS ROUGH

The Foundation series is iconic among serious Sci-Fi readers. Pretty much a holy grail or something like it. Totally revered. Quite an interesting, detailed and in-depth story that has 7 books. I Robot has 8 books. To bring the Foundation epic to the screen will be huge. My father said that he didn't think they'd put together a movie about Foundation in his lifetime because of the amount of detail and complexity involved in presenting. Actually George Lucas lifted the bureaucratic
The Foundation series is iconic among serious Sci-Fi readers. Pretty much a holy grail or something like it. Totally revered. Quite an interesting, detailed and in-depth story that has 7 books. I Robot has 8 books. To bring the Foundation epic to the screen will be huge. My father said that he didn't think they'd put together a movie about Foundation in his lifetime because of the amount of detail and complexity involved in presenting. Actually George Lucas lifted the bureaucratic planet from Foundation used in the Star Wars prequels. I digress, the Foundation saga is very cerebral. I loathe to say that it will have to dumbed down to make an impact much as Dune was and we know how that went. I for one would be interested to see the cinematic interpretation of the Foundation saga as much as I was with Lord of the Rings. If Emmerich can do it then he will be lauded. The movie itself almost have to be 3 hours long. The setting up of plot, characters and sociopolitical jargon needed to tell the story truly will take up at least the first hour. It's almost like they should put out a mini-movie or extra long trailer just to begin the process. This is one movie development that I will be watching very closely to see how it evolves. Casting is almost secondary. Script and content are paramount.
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