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Emmerich on Foundation

10.12.2009
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Not content with merely destroying the world over and over again, Roland Emmerich's next project after 2012 will feature destruction on an intergalactic scale, as he’s adapting Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION series for the big screen, a story which follows the fall of a galaxy-wide empire and those trying to stop it or save what they can.

While this in itself is not a new bit of news, recently Emmerich talked a little bit about the project, his vision for it, and why past Asimov adaptations haven’t gone so well.

"They kind of pretty much changed everything, and I think the fans hated the movie," Emmerich said in a news conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., last Friday, where he was promoting 2012. "So I didn't want to do that. But on the other hand, the Foundation, it's a similar problem, you know? There's all these short stories, which then later got combined in a book."

"There's not one character going through, so Bob Rodat came to me and said, 'I'm like a fanatic reader of ... Foundation,' and I ... talked with him. ... He said, 'We have to consolidate the characters.' And that's what we did, and that's what's worked really, really well in the context. And I think that if Asimov ... would have ... conceived this as a science fiction trilogy or series from the very beginning, he would have done that, too. But he didn't. ... I think in spirit [the movie is] totally Foundation, but it has consolidated characters which go through the three movies."

Emmerich talked about what inspired him about the series. "Well it's the same thing that Asimov was inspired by," he said. "Just the downfall of a great civilization and how you can stop it. And you cannot stop it, it's just inherent. ... As a civilization crumbles, it falls."

And with that last statement, I think we’ve just discovered the driving philosophy behind all of Emmerich’s movies. 

Extra Tidbit: I have to say, this is pretty ambitious for Emmerich. He does realize it has to be more than just stuff blowing up right?
Source: Sci-fi Wire

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2:52AM on 10/13/2009
Emmerich would definitely not be my top choice to make this film. He would not even be in my top five. Heck, he honestly would not even be in my top twenty, but he is still not the worst choice possible, and Rodat is a good writer who actually grew up reading the books and seems to have a genuine passion for the project. These films won't be the best possible adaptations of these books, but this gives me hope that they might be better than I initially expected.

Oh, and just so I can see that
Emmerich would definitely not be my top choice to make this film. He would not even be in my top five. Heck, he honestly would not even be in my top twenty, but he is still not the worst choice possible, and Rodat is a good writer who actually grew up reading the books and seems to have a genuine passion for the project. These films won't be the best possible adaptations of these books, but this gives me hope that they might be better than I initially expected.

Oh, and just so I can see that I was serious about that top twenty comment:

1. Scott Frank
2. Alfonso Cuaron
3. Matthew Vaughn
4. Billy Ray
5. Neil Blomkamp
6. Bryan Singer
7. David Fincher
8. Andrew Niccol
9. Luc Besson
10. Alex Proyas
11. Matt Reeves
12. Gore Verbinski
13. Richard Donner
14. Nick Cassavettes
15. David Slade
16. Paul Greengrass
17. Fernando Meirelles
18. Louis Leterrier
19. Wolfgang Peterson
20. Doug Liman


Granted, some of the names toward the bottom of the list get a little iffy (Doug Liman has made some awesome films but he also really messed up a pretty basic sci-fi concept with Jumper) but I still think they'd all make better, or at least more interesting choices than Emmerich. Plus, that's not even including the really obvious choices (who have too much on their plates to be realistic choices) like Scott, Cameron or Spielberg.
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10:18AM on 10/13/2009
I would definitely see Cuaron take on that project
I would definitely see Cuaron take on that project
10:32PM on 10/12/2009
At least he is better than Michael Bay, he tries to develop characters.
At least he is better than Michael Bay, he tries to develop characters.
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10:22PM on 10/12/2009
This could very well turn out good. The last collaboration between Roland and Rodat was The Patriot.
This could very well turn out good. The last collaboration between Roland and Rodat was The Patriot.
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1:59PM on 10/12/2009
Emmerich, while not the best director, is servicable (I pretend his "godzilla" never happened), and with the right material he can really take off ("Independence Day"), and this might be the right material for him.
Emmerich, while not the best director, is servicable (I pretend his "godzilla" never happened), and with the right material he can really take off ("Independence Day"), and this might be the right material for him.
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1:05PM on 10/12/2009
I can't wait to see how Emmerich destroys the galaxy, 2012 effects look great, but the story of course is questionable.
I can't wait to see how Emmerich destroys the galaxy, 2012 effects look great, but the story of course is questionable.
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