Emmerich is Going Motion Capture for the Foundation Trilogy
Although I'd love to see that Independence Day sequel, it looks like director Roland Emmerich will be moving on to direct Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. It was first announced last January that Emmerich would be bringing this beloved sci-fi series to the big screen and although we've written about it since then, we haven't learned much else about his plans until now. Emmerich tells MTV that "the Avatar technology applies to Foundation... It has to be done all CG because I would not know how to shoot this thing in real." So will it be motion capture kind of like Avatar (or probably A Christmas Carol)? The answer is: Yes.
"Probably now all big movies have to be 3-D. 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." I think only someone like Roland Emmerich would admit it's about the money. "I think now everybody who does bigger movies has to shoot them in 3-D. I think there's no way around it. I was on the set of Avatar and I saw how it worked and I really thought, 'That's the ultimate way of making movies.'" Well, he's right about that, but am I the only one who is a little bit concerned that Emmerich's motion capture won't be nearly as good as James Cameron's?
The script is being written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot) and should be finished by the end of this week. 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. Sony is developing this with Emmerich. Do you think this is a good idea?