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Will epic Isaac Asimov SF show Foundation be the saviour of Apple TV+?

In a surprise move, Apple teased upcoming big-budget Sci-Fi show, Foundation, at its WWDC20 developer event. The Apple TV+ original drama series is based on the legendary Isaac Asimov Foundation book series.

In the teaser trailer, showrunner and executive producer David S. Goyer unveils a glimpse into the making of this new saga, which chronicles a band of exiles on a fraught journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire. 

Foundation stars SAG Award-winner and Emmy-nominee Jared Harris as Hari Seldon; Lee Pace as Brother Day; Lou Llobell as Gaal; Leah Harvey as Salvor; Laura Birn as Demerzel; Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk; and Cassian Bilton as play Brother Dawn.

“People have been trying to make Foundation for over 50 years,” says David S. Goyer…

Foundation certainly looks spectacular

The show, produced for Apple by Skydance Television, is executive produced by Robyn Asimov, David S. Goyer, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.

Apple clearly has high hopes for its epic. The Apple TV Plus streaming service is floundering behind rivals, with commentators citing a lack of compelling programmes for relatively low subscription numbers.

According to market research outfit Omdia, Apple TV+ currently occupies sixth position in the UK streaming market.

Apple original TV series include The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant and Oprah’s Book Club.

“People have been trying to make Foundation for over 50 years,” says Goyer. “It was an enormous influence for Star Wars. The scope is sprawling. It unfolds over the course of a thousand years.”

Foundation will come to Apple TV+ in 2021.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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