Jonathan Nolan Has Another HBO Sci-Fi Series in Development

November 11, 2014


Though Interstellar just hit theaters less than a week ago, already co-writer Jonathan Nolan has been quietly working to preserve mankind's future in science fiction self-seriousness. According to The Wrap, the slightly lesser-known Nolan brother has for months been working with HBO to develop a series adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels. The project marks the second collaboration between Nolan and the premium cable network, as they already have a Westworld update coming to remind us of the dangers of robot theme parks.

Jonathan Nolan has previously expressed his love of the books, just a week ago unambiguously telling The Playlist, "Well, I fucking 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."

Those ideas that will leave you with Virginia Madsen's scorched Candyman scalp? For one, "psychohistory," a concept Asimov created that combined history, sociology, and statistics into a science able to make large-scale predictions on future events. The books follow a practitioner of this science, a mathematician who, foreseeing an imminent collapse of civilization, attempts to form a splinter society that could avoid the coming dark age.

Likewise, this adaptation itself too is being saved from what would have been a hugely catastrophic and artless future: it was previously being developed at Sony as a vehicle for The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 director Roland Emmerich.

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