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Interstellar’s Jonathan Nolan Is Bringing This Classic Isaac Asimov Series To HBO

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FoundationThere have been rumblings about adaptations of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation for years now, but no one has quite gotten there. Last we heard, Roland Emmerich planned to develop it as a television series, and while the TV part of that still appears to be true, the players involved have changed. It is now being reported that Jonathan Nolan, screenwriter of Interstellar and frequent collaborator with his brother Christopher, is working to write and produce a series based on the books for HBO and Warner Bros. TV.

Given the scope, scale, and expansiveness of the narrative—which takes place over thousands of years, and tells the slow-burn story of how humanity falls into a barbaric state after the collapse of Galactic Empire—a movie would have never had done this justice. HBO has certainly shown that they’re not afraid to tell a sprawling, intricate story that’s a gradual build (just look at Game of Thrones), so this might be a perfect match.

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Westworld Coming To HBO Thanks To Bad Robot And Jonathan Nolan

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westworldWhile brother Christopher is off making the original film Interstellar, Jonathan Nolan is hopping on the remake train, and he’s headed down to Westworld. And he’ll be meeting up with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, producer Jerry Weintraub, Warner Bros. TV, and the granddaddy of all cable stations, HBO. Because yes, this is a TV show port, not a cinematic adaptation. Is this good news to everyone? I’m not sure how I feel about it.

I understand that it makes sense for books to be adapted into TV series, because a feature’s length may not be enough to tell a story respectfully. But I don’t understand the process of stretching a film into an entire series. Then again, I’d be hard-pressed to find a more powerful team of creative forces to get behind this.

It’s one of HBO’s biggest commitments ever, and they’ve granted Westworld a pilot production commitment, making it the first cable project that Bad Robot has gotten involved in. The pilot script was written by Lisa Joy, who wrote episodes of Burn Notice and Pushing DaisiesDark Knight trilogy and Interstellar. He’ll also serve as director. Weintraub, who produced the Oceans trilogy and Behind the Candelabra, will be executive producing with Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk. I’m thinking this pilot would have to be a complete disaster to not make it to series.