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Roland Emmerich Talks Foundation
3D / mo-cap / Avatar / natch

12 February 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: MTV

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It's almost exactly a year since the news broke that Roland Emmerich, your favourite demolitions expert for national landmarks, was set to adapt Isaac Asimov's Foundation for the screen. At that time there was no writer attached, but it's now coming to light via MTV that Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, Warcraft) is delivering his script later this week.

Emmerich, oh surprise of surprises, also told MTV that he plans to film his three films (one for each of the first Foundation Trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation) in 3D, using the Avatar technology. "It has to be done all CG because I would not know how to shoot this thing in real," spake the director. "I think now everybody who does bigger movies has to shoot them in 3-D. I think there's no way around it. I was on the set of Avatar and I saw how it worked and I really thought, 'That's the ultimate way of making movies.'" 

Plus, "if you do a movie in 3-D, you can ask for more money and that's the trick"!

There are seven books in Asimov's extended series. Emmerich's three involve psychohistorian Hari Selden's setting up the Foundation itself on the planet Terminus, dedicated to the creation of the Encyclopaedia Galactica, to preserve the sum of all human knowledge through and beyond the collapse of the galactic empire. Universal threat comes in the form of super mutant psychic The Mule, and if the premise is more cerebral than action-packed, there's still probably enough galactic warfare to keep Emmerich in pixelated explosions.

MTV have promised more from Emmerich in the near future, so stay tuned.


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L: Rgirvan44 L: jimrab L: Rgirvan44 Making a film of Foundation is like trying to make a movie out of Gibbons The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire - it simply isn't designed for the cinema. I suppose the obvious route would be to do the Mule story. Surely this was the same argument used about Lord of the Rings. In saying that I am very sceptical about how successful this might be, i think I am going to have to accept that the universe that Asimov has bui More

Posted by jimrab at 21:29 on 09 March 2011 | Report This Post

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Damnit Roland... Stargate was fantastic, but he has been making me very sad since then. I just do not see how Emmerich can pull Foundation off without a total rewrite into Transformers 85: Revenge of the Marketing Department. Just imagine something like Roland Emmerich's Dune, and thinking about that makes me feel dirty. More

Posted by Farron at 16:26 on 07 March 2011 | Report This Post

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One of the difficulties with turning these books into films is that, particularly in the first book, the characters do not appear for long. This means that they have to make their mark very quickly, so you really need an 'actor's director' to helm this.   There are references to space battles but the action is much more people-based, and is ultimately psychological action rather than blowing-things-up action.   Is there a danger that Emmerich will try to turn this into his ver More

Posted by beancounter at 14:51 on 07 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: jimrab L: Rgirvan44 Making a film of Foundation is like trying to make a movie out of Gibbons The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire - it simply isn't designed for the cinema. I suppose the obvious route would be to do the Mule story. Surely this was the same argument used about Lord of the Rings. In saying that I am very sceptical about how successful this might be, i think I am going to have to accept that the universe that Asimov has built over about 15 or so More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 23:58 on 06 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Rgirvan44 Making a film of Foundation is like trying to make a movie out of Gibbons The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire - it simply isn't designed for the cinema. I suppose the obvious route would be to do the Mule story. Surely this was the same argument used about Lord of the Rings. In saying that I am very sceptical about how successful this might be, i think I am going to have to accept that the universe that Asimov has built over about 15 or so books (Foundati More

Posted by jimrab at 07:59 on 06 March 2011 | Report This Post

Yeah Retire Already!!!
Roland you aint done anything worthwhile since The Patriot. Up to and including The Patriot you and Dean delivered some solid popcorn (and that's all they were) blockbusters that were admitedly enjoyable hokum. Since then it's all gone downhill. Enough already. Go into retirement and take Uwe Boll with you (btw did that petition for a million signatures ever reach its target?...if so why is Uwe STILL directing he said himself he'd quit if such a petition was shown to him!) More

Posted by Mr.Screen at 08:25 on 14 February 2010 | Report This Post

If you do a movie in 3-D, you can ask for more money
LOL what a bastard. Please retire More

Posted by rich at 01:33 on 14 February 2010 | Report This Post

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L: mattdotwalker 3D is not headache inducing and nauseating for everyone, only the vocal minority. I love 3D and have never once suffered any ill effects from it, so do a lot of people I know. It is not suitable for all films and it works better in some films then others. I thought Bolt, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Avatar were fantastic in 3D, whereas I felt Up and Coraline did not suit the format as effectively in terms of the depth of their visuals. None of these films were More

Posted by Deviation at 20:20 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

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Making a film of Foundation is like trying to make a movie out of Gibbons The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire - it simply isn't designed for the cinema. I suppose the obvious route would be to do the Mule story. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 19:09 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

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I read this news at about 1 o clock this morning after having had a few beers... I'd like to share with you my twitter posted moments later: "Fuck you, Roland Emmerich. Foundation in 3D? Really essential, or just a gimmick? The latter, you blowy-upy twat, the latter... C**t." Says it all for me... in terms of personal cultural rape, the only thing that could make me angrier is if the X Factor decided to stage a 'Talking Heads Night'... More

Posted by Evil_Monkey25 at 18:39 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

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L: Deviation L: hughjass L: Geosolus Can someone hand out great big pointy hats with 3D written on them and tell Hollywood to go sit in a corner. really don't understand the hatred of 3D - I've seen many 3D movies in the last couple of years and I have to admit I love the format. Yes - it's more expensive but there are always 2D options for people who don't want to pay extra. Cinema now has to find ways to get people in, over watching at home. There aren't many 2 More

Posted by mattdotwalker at 17:47 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: hughjass L: Geosolus Can someone hand out great big pointy hats with 3D written on them and tell Hollywood to go sit in a corner. really don't understand the hatred of 3D - I've seen many 3D movies in the last couple of years and I have to admit I love the format. Yes - it's more expensive but there are always 2D options for people who don't want to pay extra. Cinema now has to find ways to get people in, over watching at home. There aren't many 2D experiences now that More

Posted by Deviation at 14:51 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Roland Emmerich Talks Foundation
No way in hell is Emmerich a skilled enough director to handle something like this, sure, he can probably make it look good, but emotional depth and complexity is out of his range. If they really wanna take a crack at Foundation, why not try a trilogy with three different directors, say, Duncan Jones, Richard Kelly and Danny Boyle for the finish. More

Posted by Kazuya at 14:25 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

"if you do a movie in 3-D, you can ask for more money and that's the trick"! Even if this is a joke this proves what his main motivation for making this is. You utter hack bastard. More

Posted by iainski at 14:17 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

Want to see that! More

Posted by Bluehawk at 13:25 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

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L: Geosolus Can someone hand out great big pointy hats with 3D written on them and tell Hollywood to go sit in a corner. really don't understand the hatred of 3D - I've seen many 3D movies in the last couple of years and I have to admit I love the format. Yes - it's more expensive but there are always 2D options for people who don't want to pay extra. Cinema now has to find ways to get people in, over watching at home. There aren't many 2D experiences now that lose anything by More

Posted by hughjass at 13:21 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

Dubious
I loved the foundation books, but I'm not sure they could make a cohesive movie and still remain faithful. Also Emmerich would certainly not be my choice for the job. More

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And I who hoped that the Emmerich conection to Foundation was just a silly rumor... More

Posted by Overmind at 04:58 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

Can someone hand out great big pointy hats with 3D written on them and tell Hollywood to go sit in a corner. More

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