The producers of Apple TV's new adaptation of sci-fi epic Foundation, currently in production in Castletroy in Limerick, have decided to halt filming due to the Coronavirus.

The filming of the ten-episode series, which is based on Isaac Asimov's books, has been taking place at the expansive Troy Studios.

The writer and executive producer of Foundation is Blade and Batman Begins producer David Goyer, along with Asimov's daughter, Robyn Asimov.

Chernobyl and Mad Men actor Jared Harris and The Hobbit star Lee Pace are starring in the series, which is said to be the largest-scale production ever filmed in Ireland.

The story centres on a group who become exiled and want to save a Galactic Empire from destruction. 

Last week Lee Pace posted on Twitter about how he was enjoying the scenery in and around Limerick.

In a statement to Deadline magazine, the producers of Foundation said: "Skydance, along with Apple, have made the decision to temporarily suspend filming on Foundation, The health and safety of our cast and crew is our top priority and we are closely monitoring the situation."

The series was expected to be streamed next Autumn.

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