Apple’s ‘Foundation’ TV Series Loses Co-Showrunner Josh Friedman

/Film | 4/19/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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Apple’s Foundation TV series has lost one of its showrunners. Co-showrunner Josh Friedman has exited the upcoming series adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s groundbreaking sci-fi novels, leaving co-writer David S. Goyer as the sole showrunner of this ambitious, long-awaited project.

The Wrap reports that Friedman has stepped down from the day-to-day responsibility of acting as a Foundation TV series showrunner, but will remain attached as an executive producer. That leaves David S. Goyer, who was co-writing the series with Friedman, as the sole showrunner on the Skydance Television-produced project.

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The is the second time that Friedman has left a project as showrunner — he was previously replaced as the showrunner on TNT’s adaptation Snowpiercer by Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson. However, the War of the Worlds writer still retains his executive producer credit for Foundation, so it seems he’ll stay involved in some capacity.

Foundation has proven to be a difficult story to crack. Over the years, countless attempts to adapt Asimov’s dense, sprawling series have been made, including an expensive feature adaptation from New Line, a version helmed by Roland Emmerich under Columbia Pictures and Sony, and a TV series adaptation from HBO by Jonathan Nolan. None of these came to fruition, and instead the rights passed over to Skydance, which struck a deal with the Asimov estate and hired Goyer and Friedman in 2017. Apple soon picked...
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