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July 31, 2008

To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.

Ex-New Line Cinema founders Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne - perhaps best known for their stunning screen adaptation of The Lord of the Rings - are now set to produce an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation.

The complexity and scope of the story has been problematic for other producers, however these two are confident that they'll put something worthy together. Shaye explains "this is not a script you can knock out in six months." Certainly true!

The first book in the trilogy, Foundation, is a combination of five short stories written by the legendary Isaac Asimov that together form one plot. The book focuses on a society that has figured out how to predict the future based on a method called psychohistory and sets up a foundation devoted to scientific research to protect itself and ensure its survival. The books contain political themes that center on the rise and fall of civilizations and span hundred of years, which makes this series troublesome and challenging for adaptation.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 31, 2008 05:03 AM


Of course, Asimov himself eventually figured out that "psychohistory" was psychobunk, and walked back on it in the last few books.

His contemporary, Jack Vance, created the Institute for Historical Study (otherwise simply "the Institute") which, although he didn't have the jargon in the Fifties, was dedicated to preventing the Singularity/Eschaton from occurring, by persuasion if possible, by other means up to and including genocide where necessary. IMO it would make a much more interesting movie, and I have always wanted to see the five Demon Princes books and the four Planet of Adventure filmed.

I wish Shaye and Lynne the best, but I greatly fear that Hollywood's fascination with leftist dogma is going to turn this whole effort into Son of Starship Troopers.


Posted by: Ric Locke [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 31, 2008 01:05 PM

I'll second that on Jack Vance. I read the Foundation trilogy in high school on the recommendation of one of my lunch buddies, but I haven't read it since. Vance's novels sit in my bookshelves and have well-thumbed pages and fragile spines from all the re-reading.

Posted by: Andrea Harris [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 31, 2008 05:41 PM