Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012…essentially anything where the world is destroyed by an enormous overload of CGI) is planning to develop a series of films based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.
Asimov’s books revolve around two societies that are created at opposite ends of the galaxy, as sources of human knowledge, in an attempt to shorten a coming dark age. The dark age is predicted by a mathematician’s psychohistory, a science that allows him to predict large-scale events in the future.
Emmerich intends to shoot the films using the same methods as Avatar; filming everything using motion-capture, and then presenting it in 3D CGI. MTV Movies Blog, who have the original story, provide this quote from Emmerich:
“It’s not only the effect of 3-D, [‘Avatar’ has] just shown that if you do a movie in 3-D, you can ask for more money and that’s the trick.”
Robert Rodat has worked on the current draft of the screenplay, his previous work including Saving Private Ryan. This could give the trilogy of films a slightly bigger chance, considering that Emmerich’s involvement doesn’t give me any positive vibes. I just hope he doesn’t dumb down the subject matter to blow up some more famous monuments. And he’s probably leaping at the chance to do that in 3D. I have mixed feelings about how the Foundation films will turn out – The Day After Tomorrow on one hand, Saving Private Ryan on the other…