Apple TV+'s adaptation of Isaac Asimov's sci-fi epic Foundation, which was partially made at Limerick's Troy Studios, is reported to be debuting on the streaming service this Autumn.
Malta was another location for the drama and in an interview with local magazine LovinMalta, the show’s writer David S. Goyer, who previously produced Blade and Batman Begins, and producer Michael Malone said that the series will have ten episodes.
However, considering the length of the source material, Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation, the series could run for 80 episodes depending on audience reaction.
In January Goyer said: "With Foundation we can tell the story, hopefully, over the course of eighty episodes; eighty hours, as opposed to trying to condense it all into two or three hours for a single film."
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Foundation is said to be the largest production ever undertaken in Ireland and reportedly cost upwards of €45 million and, according to Screen Ireland, the series had the potential to create more than 500 production jobs at the studio.
Troy was also the location of the Syfy series NightFlyers, which was cancelled after one season.
The show, on which Asimov's daughter Robyn is an executive producer, is adapted from Asimov’s sprawling trilogy, which spans 1,000 years and follows a "band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it".
This will be the first small screen sci-fi production of Asimov's books. Stars involved include Mad Men’s Jared Harris, Hobbit star Lee Pace, Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann, and Cassian Bilton.
Harris will play the central role of Hari Sheldon, a mathematics professor who develops an algorithm which allows him to predict the future.
Filming of Foundation was halted in Limerick in March last year due to the pandemic and began again last October.