Director Roland Emmerich will bring Issac Asimov’s classic science-fiction novel, “Foundation” to the big-screen according to Variety. Columbia Pictures won an auction Thursday for the screen rights to the first novel in the series and is looking to develop the property for Emmerich to direct.
Emmerich has previously directed other big-budget sci-fi epics like “Independence Day,” “Godzilla,” “Stargate” and “Universal Solider.”
Purchasing the rights to the Foundation saga set Columbia back in the six to seven figure range according to reports.
Originally published as a series of eight short stories in Astounding Magazine beginning in 1942, “Foundation” is a complex saga about humans who are scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, living under the rule of the Galactic Empire.
A psycho-historian who can scientifically read the future sees an imminent empire collapse, and sets to work preparing to save the knowledge of mankind.
Columbia Pictures and Emmerich getting into the bidding for “Foundation” comes as a bit of a surprise to many in Hollywood. “Foundation” was originally developed by Fox and producer Vince Gerardis, found its way to New Line, and then to Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne as the first major project announcement after the former heads of New Line formed Unique Pictures at WB.
Columbia’s coming into the picture is a direct result of the dispute of “Watchmen” between 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers.