Apple’s Foundation series will be Ireland’s largest-ever production

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This is where the bulk of Foundation's filming will take place.
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Apple’s TV series adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction novel trilogy, Foundation, is set to become the largest studio production in the history of Ireland.

During a press conference today, Screen Ireland revealed that Apple will create more than 500 jobs when it begins production on Foundation later this year. With its gigantic budget and epic world-building plot, Apple clearly thinks Foundation could be its answer to Game of Thrones, which was also shot in Ireland.

Apple ordered 10 episodes for the first season of Foundation. David S. Goyer, who helped write The Dark Knight, is serving as showrunner with Jared Harris and Lee Pace being the two most notable stars on the cast.

Instead of filming at Titanic Studios in Belfast where eight seasons of Game of Thrones were filmed, Apple will shoot at Troy Studios in Limerick, Ireland’s third-largest city. Troy Studios has 350,000 sq.ft compared to 106,000 sq.ft at Titanic Studios.

Foundation is about a group of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. It follows a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.

Apple hasn’t given a release timetable for Foundation but it likely won’t come out until 2021. Joining Jared Harris and Lee Pace, the film will also star Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann, Cassian Bilton.