Fundación, the new AppleTV + series based on the work of Isaac Asimov, will finally be adapted despite doubts that such a project could be carried out. The platform took the risk of creating a story in serialized format to narrate one of the founding sagas of science fiction. Also to show that Asimov’s work still has a place of considerable importance in pop culture.
Of course it’s not the first try to take the writer’s work to the cinema or to television. But he is the most interested in fidelity and the most daring. The Fundación saga reflects on history and human nature from a point of view of astonishing sensitivity and breadth.
At the same time, it is a careful journey through the parameters of science fiction from a novel perspective. Combined, these two make Asimov’s book series critically important to understanding the genre today. Also to predict the scope could achieve a series that narrates the central events of a much broader saga.
We leave you the Most interesting sci-fi movies based on the work of Isaac Asimov that perhaps you did not know and that will allow you to better understand the upcoming series.
‘The end of eternity’, Isaac Asimov’s obsession with time
If Loki’s time travel approach amazed you, Andrei Yermash’s End of Eternity film will captivate you. In the same way as the eponymous book, the film tells the story of a secret organization, known as Eternity, which controls time. Considered the precursor to successful time travel sagas like Doctor Who, Isaac Asimov’s book had an adaptation worthy of its strange dual quality.
On the one hand it is a science fiction story. But Yermash also pondered in a much more humanistic perspective closer to the original book. With a story based on the weight of decisions in the future, the film shows how each event could be unavoidable in essence. Also, try to answer the big question about the permanence of man’s memory and its power to change the imponderable.
‘Death of the Suns’
The fear of the Apocalypse has been recurrent throughout human history. And Isaac Asimov managed to capture that old fear in the play Nightfall, in which a civilization must face its possible destruction. Its film version has the same pessimistic air and tells the story of the original from a haunting perspective.
When the three suns of a planet begin to die, the metaphor about extinction and the terror of death could not be clearer. But Mayersberg takes that primitive terror to another level, by showing how the entire planet reacts to the event. The combination of deep anguish and the need to convince the inexorable make the film a thoughtful look at speculative science fiction.
The film reimagines one of Isaac Asimov’s favorite themes: the relationships between human beings and artificial intelligence. But while in more modern versions of the myth of Prometheus the idea is absolute perfection, in the film the opposite occurs.
In a curious twist, a society obsessed with perfection it reaches a level of artificial intelligence creation without any defect. But when a robot is built to emulate human frailty, the perception of pain and fear will change forever. The premise is astonishing for its peculiar sensitivity and its perception of moral good and evil.
‘I, Robot’, an Isaac Asimov in the style of Will Smith
Although it is named after one of Isaac Asimov’s best-known and most loved books, the plot has little to do with the original. Even so, it is an argument that touches on several of the author’s favorite themes as well as your vision on artificial intelligence.
The combination garnered mixed reviews, and many of Asimov’s readers criticized the overall meaning of the film. Still, the film had some hits and even included a risky reinvention of the laws of robotics and its logical exception.
Now, a true adaptation to the play Yo, Robot is the one released in 1988 under the direction of Doug Smith and Kim Takal. In an attempt to be faithful to the original text, the work also included some Plot threads of several novels by Isaac Asimov.
The result is a weird, insightful, and sometimes a bit messy look at Asimov’s main obsessions. From the interaction between machines and man, to fear of the future. The film is an interesting and conscious journey into the essence of the deepest premises of the writer.