Screenwriter Hired for Roland Emmerich's Foundation Trilogy
Way back in January it was announced that Roland Emmerich would be directing an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. That's all we really knew at the time, but when Emmerich appeared at Comic-Con yesterday, he confirmed (via ComingSoon) that they've hired a screenwriter for the adaptation - Oscar nominated writer Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot). "He is the most knowledgeable person I ever met about the Foundation novels. It's great to write with somebody like that because... he knows it. I had a certain idea and he had a certain idea and that together I think will make this a movie."
Emmerich also confirmed that they are going to make an actual trilogy of movies based on the novels, not just one movie. "Foundation is my first attempt to do a series of movies, because we're developing three movies: Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. It took me a long time to actually wait for the moment where the rights were totally free and we got them all." And as for whether or not this will truly be his next movie after he finishes up the apocalyptic end-of-the-world feature 2012, Emmerich said he wasn't sure because he hasn't actually seen a finished script yet. I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
Isaac Asimov's Foundation is an epic saga spanning hundreds of years where humanity finds itself scattered throughout the galaxy under the oppressive rule of the Galactic Empire. Originally published in a serial format as five separate short stories beginning in 1942, Foundation tells the story of a group of scientists, the Psychohistorians, who are doing all they can to preserve knowledge as the colonies around them steadily regress. I'm glad that he decided to bring on a screenwriter who is familiar with this material, as Emmerich has been working with Harald Kloser on his last two projects. We'll keep you updated on the development!