Deadline reports that Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders has signed on to direct Apple’s Foundation. The upcoming series is an adaptation of the iconic Issac Asimov book series, which centers on mathematician Hari Seldon, who discovers a way to predict the fate of society. The project, about which Sanders is very passionate, joins the likes of See starring Jason Momoa as Apple enters the streaming wars. The Snow White and the Huntsman director has been looking for an opportunity to jump into a new sci-fi epic, and it would appear this is the one.
I’ve been a fan of Sanders ever since the aforementioned Snow White film. For me, he did a great job giving that Universal Pictures release a distinct look and feel that help delineate it from other iterations, in particular those versions that are usually found at the House of Mouse. Pilots are almost always essential for shows, as they set the tone for the whole thing and can often (but not always) lead viewers to decide whether it’s for them. Apple TV+ is in an even trickier position given that they are such a new network. Bringing Sanders onto the project ensures that it will have a cinematic quality, which will be needed if Apple expects the show to compete in the age of streaming. Hopefully, this adaptation has a firm foundation when the show debuts on Apple TV+ down the road.
Are you excited to see Sanders shepherding this adaptation to the big screen? Have you soured on the director after Ghost in the Shell and Snow White? Do you think this could be a new start for his career? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to Geeks + Gamers for more Apple TV+ news!