The vast sci-fi drama series from showrunner David S. Goyer and Skydance Television, based on the novels by author Isaac Asimov, has been renewed for a second season on Apple TV+. “Foundation” was renewed for Season 2 two days before the fourth episode of the series premiered, and Goyer has already claimed that he intends the show to go for eight seasons.
“Since my childhood, I’ve dreamed of how Hari Seldon and Eto Demerzel would look and sound — what Terminus and Trantor would feel like,” said Goyer. “Now, with season two, our audience will get to visit more of Asimov’s indelible characters and worlds, including Hober Mallow, General Bel Riose, and all the Outer Suns. I’m thrilled that a whole new generation of fans are reading Asimov’s brilliant masterwork. We’re playing the long game with Foundation and I’m grateful to my partners at Apple and Skydance for entrusting me with this epic. Buckle up. We’re about to fold some serious space.”
The television adaptation, based on Asimov’s science fiction novels, stars Lee Pace and Jared Harris, as well as newcomers Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey. According to the press release, the series follows four people as they travel through space and time and “overcome deadly crises, shifting loyalties and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity.”
“David Goyer’s Foundation has surpassed all my expectations by bringing my father’s philosophy and ideas to the screen in ways he could never do while staying true to his work,” said Isaac Asimov’s daughter, Robyn, who also serves as a producer on the series. “I know my father would have been proud to see his iconic story come to life through the show’s visual beauty and the layered characters, understanding full well his words would need this cinematic translation.”
Asimov’s “Foundation” began as a collection of interconnected short stories that was eventually divided into three collections: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. Following that, two prequels and two sequels were added. The original trilogy won a special Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1966, and the series is widely considered as one of the most significant works of science fiction ever.
“We have been so excited to watch global audiences embrace the captivating, suspenseful and breathtaking thrill ride that is Foundation,” said head of programming for Apple TV+, Matt Cherniss. “We know how long fans of these beloved Asimov stories have waited to see his iconic work brought to life as a visually spectacular event series and now we can’t wait to showcase even more of the richly layered world, compelling storytelling and stunning world-building in season two.”