Dante Harper Writing 'Foundation' Adaptation for Roland Emmerich
Over two years ago Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot screenwriter Robert Rodat was hired to write the gestating adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic sci-fi trilogy Foundation for Independence Day director Roland Emmerich. Now it sounds like another writer is taking over scripting duties as Deadline has word that Dante Harper, who is on a hot streak after rewriting Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and writing the All You Need Is Kill adaptation for director Doug Liman, will now work on the ambitious project. Of course, it's not clear how fast development will happen since the project has been in the works since 2009. Read on!
For those just joining us, 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 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. The study of psychohistory equates every possible outcome of a large society into readable, predictable mathematics, allowing its practitioners to accurately predict long-term events. Through this insight, a discovery with disastrous consequences is made and a plan is set in motion to avert it. Sounds like it might be difficult to adapt, but Emmerich has plenty of experience with big scale sci-fi flicks, so it just might work out. What do you think?