Isaac Asimov is considered to be one of the greatest writers of science fiction who has ever lived. But unlike Philip K. Dick, who wrote the novels that the Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report movies were all based on, he hasn’t had much luck with Hollywood.
I, Robot and Bicentennial Man are the only two movies based on his work, and while the former had its moments, neither have become classics of the genre or of cinema. But perhaps The Caves Of Steel (or Foundation) will change all that.
Deadline reports that the movie is now in development at 20th Century Fox after the studio acquired the film rights. The Caves Of Steel was first published in 1954 and tells the story of a death which sets off an investigation into the relationship between humans and robots, and how the richer strands of humanity live apart from the rest of society. It has certain similarities to I, Robot, although I’m not sure Will Smith will be up for this one.
A murder mystery set in a futuristic world where humanity is segregated by class? All the elements are there for a great movie, and its up to John Scott to adapt the book for the big screen, and Henry Hobson to direct. I wish them luck.