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Asimov’s Foundation – Emmerich says it will use Avatar’s technology

Posted by LiveFor on February 12, 2010

Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series is a huge piece of science fiction literature. I have read a few of them and they are epic in many ways – massive ideas, thousands of years covered and worlds aplenty. We know that the master of disaster Roland Emmerich was up for the difficult task of bringing the Foundation to the big screen and now MTV have news from the man himself that he will be following in the path forged by James Cameron’s Avatar. Not in story terms, but in the technology used.

“The ‘Avatar’ technology applies to ‘Foundation,’ ” Emmerich said. “It has to be done all CG because I would not know how to shoot this thing in real.”

He confirmed that it would be 3D and motion captured.

“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.’ “

After working to develop a story with Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), Emmerich said he expects to receive a draft of the script before the end of the week. “Rumor has it on Friday I get the script,” he said.

It will be interesting to hear how they will be adapting a series of such massive scope into a film or series of films. As Emmerich says it is inevitable that many big budget movies will go 3D after the success of Avatar. I am still not sure whether he is the right man to guide us through the worlds created by Asimov.

Are you excited about a Foundation film? Does it need to be in 3D and is Emmerich the man to direct it?

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