Located on the west coast in Ireland’s 3rd largest city, Limericks Troy Studios will host production of ‘Foundation’ in the coming months after striking a deal with Apple -according to the Sunday Independent. The studio’s comprise of 350,000 square feet under one roof with an additional 70,000 square feet of soundstage space.
‘Foundation’ is an adaptation of Isaac Asimovs book of the same name. The complex saga tells the story of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. With heavy influence on Star Wars among others, Asimovs ‘Foundation’ is regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi stories of all time, beating J.R.R. Tolkeins ‘The Lord of the Rings’ to the Hugo Award in 1966 for “Best All-Time Series”. Published in 1951 Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ was followed by ‘Foundation and Empire’ the following year, with the trilogy culminating with 1953’s ‘Second Foundation’. Asimov then followed up the original trilogy with two sequels: 1982’s ‘Foundation’s Edge’ and ‘Foundation and Earth’ released in 1986.
Following strong competition Apple acquired ‘Foundation’ for their upcoming streaming service after Skydance Television partnered with the estate of Isaac Asimov for rights to the book. The Apple TV+ original and Skydance Television production will be executively produced by David S. Goyer; most famous for his work on the ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Blade’ movie trilogies after co-showrunner Josh Friedman departed pre-production in April.
Foundation is expected to debut in 2020/21 as part of Apple TV+.