Apple is set to move into scripted programming, and they have just set their sights on a new project: Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation, a trilogy of sci-fi novels.
Have no clue what Foundation is, well here is a description of the first novel in the series:
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future–to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire–both scientists and scholars–and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun–or fight them and be destroyed.
Skydance Television will produce alongside Apple. The series is being created by David Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds).
Apple also has a variety of other scripted series in various stages of development including a M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller, a Damien Chazelle drama; a morning-show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon; Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories anthology; Ron Moore’s sci-fi space drama; Steven Knight’s See; and a Kristen Wiig comedy. All-in-all, Apple is expected to spend $1 billion on programming, which is tame compared to Amazon spending $1 billion alone for a certain fantasy series.