Foundation optioned again

Asimov’s most famous tome is out of development hell… Maybe.

With the likes of Lord Of The Rings and Watchmen either in cinemas or on their way, the list of “unfilmmable” titles continues to shrink.

Now Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, the men who formed New Line and who have now started up their own independent production company, have nabbed the rights to Isaac Asimov’s sprawling, epic sci-fi book series Foundation.

The rights had apparently been languishing over at Fox, which had struggled to adapt the massive story of a society which figures out a way to predict the future and launches the titular institution to protect itself. The Foundation Trilogy has long been a problem, since each book features completely new characters. The company is apparently only planning to attempt the first book for now – and then see how it does at the box office.

The Hollywood Reporter knows the future.