Roland Emmerich sets his sights on Asimov's Foundation

foundationDespite the news last July that New Line’s Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne were lining up Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels for their first film under the Warner Brothers umbrella, Variety has learned that Sony/Columbia Pictures has picked up the rights for the trilogy, with Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 10,000 BC) and his Centropolis partner Michael Wimer set to produce. They are developing it as a potential directing vehicle for Emmerich.

Warner Brothers had apparently let their option lapse because of a clause requiring them to compensate Fox and producer Vince Gerardis (who had formerly represented the Asimov estate and is separately developing Asimov’s The End of Eternity) for their development costs when they had previously held the rights.

After Warner’s option lapsed, they wanted to reacquire the rights with a “clearer chain of rights” (apparently with I, Robot director Alex Proyas in Warner’s mind, as well), but Fox/Gerardis and Sony/Emmerich entered the bidding war — with Sony emerging as the winners… and Asimov fans everywhere as the losers.

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 11:51 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by BlueNight
    on 2009-01-20 at 00:44

    I found Robin Williams’ performance as “The Bicentennial Man” a fascinating and poignant portrait of the almost-human. I found “I, Robot” a fascinating metaphor for the fascism of an increasingly matriarchal government.

    I just hope they don’t screw this up. There are so many ways to screw this up.

  2. Written by DadlyEdly
    on 2009-01-31 at 16:00

    I have a hard time believing the director of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, Godzilla, and other well known action movies will be able to give a very cerebral, low action, series of short stories the treatment they deserve.
    I mean, really, what is he going to concentrate on? The founding of the First Foundation? The contraction of the First Galactic Empire? The first Seldon Crisis? The Mule? The discovery of the Second Foundation? Gaia? These are complex stories of a type Emmerich isn’t known for. It’s mostly politics for God’s sake! It’s even stated that the Foundation’s first war with it’s neighbors was one of the least fought wars in history! Almost no action at all!
    The right director(s) might be able to make this a wonderful miniseries, but a single movie, or even a trilogy? I have grave doubts.

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