2012 director Roland Emmerich has revealed that his next project will be more epic than anything he’s done in the past, which is a tall order considering he’s directed films like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. Over at MTV they’ve shed some light on Emmerich’s adaptation of the sci-fi book trilogy by Isaac Asimov entitled, the Foundation series.
Emmerich must have been bitten by the James Cameron Avatar bug because he’s revealed that he wants to produce the film using 3D and motion capture technology. The Foundation series covers over 500 years and includes a total of seven books, three of which are included in “the trilogy.” All the books deal with mathematics, psychohistory, and alternate universes, with the first installment being published in 1951.
On paper, the story is very hard to describe so the thought of it being adapted into a feature film does raise a few questions. Emmerich seems to be aware of this and wants to incorporate as much as he can visually that’s represented in the book. Cue the motion capture! He also knows that when you make a movie in 3D, you get more money, which means you can do a lot more with the material you’re working with.
“Probably now all big movies have to be 3-D,” he said. “It’s not only the effect of 3-D, ['Avatar' has] just shown that if you do a movie in 3-D, you can ask for more money and that’s the trick. 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.’ “
This doesn’t exactly give us a description of what he plans on doing with the film’s story, but we do see that he’s adamant about making it a visual feast. But do you really think that Emmerich can pull a James Cameron with this series? It sounds kind of far-fetched.
What do you think about Emmerich taking on the Foundation Series? Do you think he’ll do a good job?