Fresh off his sci-fi adventure into the depths of outer-space with his brother in ‘Interstellar,’ Jonathan Nolan is now looking to develop another adventure beyond our world for HBO based off the classic, award winning ‘Foundation’ novels by Isaac Asimov.
Nolan was already involved with HBO working on the upcoming ‘Westworld,’ but in a recent interview with Indiewire wherein he was asked “What’s the one piece of science fiction you truly love that people don’t know enough about?” Nolan gave the following answer:
“Well, I f*cking love the ‘Foundation’ novels by Isaac Asimov. They’re certainly not [unknown], but that’s a set of books I think everyone would benefit from reading. That’s a set of books where the influence they have is just fucking massive. They have many imitators and many have been inspired by them, but go back and read those, and there are some ideas in those that’ll set your fucking hair on fire.”
For anyone not in the know (such as yours truly), the ‘Foundation’ novels were originally a trilogy by Isaac Asimov back in the 1960s, and were based on a character named Hari Seldon, a mathematician living in a galactic Empire (not the one you’re thinking of, this was a few years before ‘Star Wars’), who developed the science of psychohistory, which was a type of sociology mixed with math that allowed him to predict massive future events, such as the fall of the Empire and the decline of his civilization into a 30,000 year dark age. To prevent this, Seldon creates a foundation of artists and engineers with the goal of preserving his culture’s collective knowledge and creating a new Empire to replace the one about to fall.
Sounds pretty interesting to me (granted I am biased toward trilogies), and when combined with the awards the books have garnered over the years, with the original trilogy earning a Hugo Award for “Best All-Time” series in 1966, and with Jonathan Nolan’s track record with hits like ‘Memento,’ ‘The Dark Knight,’ and TV’s ‘Person of Interest’ under his belt, this might be a winning combination.