«Foundation» finds its protagonists; Disney CEO is not concerned about the price of Apple TV +

"Foundation" finds its protagonists;  Disney CEO is not concerned about the price of Apple TV +

Just over a week before the launch of the Apple TV +, here we are with more news relevant to the platform streaming of the Apple.

Shall we take a look at everything?


Apple’s long-awaited adaptation to the trilogy «Foundation» («Foundation»), by Isaac Asimov, finally hired the actors who will play the main roles of the production.

Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”) will do the mathematician Hari Seldon, while Lee Pace (from the “The Hobbit” trilogy) will play Brother Day, the current Emperor of the Galaxy.

The information is Hollywood Reporter.

Lee Pace and Jared HarrisLee Pace and Jared Harris

As we have already said, the series will accompany Hari Seldon, a mathematician capable of predicting the future, while he forms a group, called the Foundation, which will try to preserve the collective knowledge of humanity before the Galactic Empire falls.

As the description suggests, Asimov’s work was one of George Lucas’s main inspirations in creating «Star Wars».

There is still no more information about the series, which should take a while before debuting – after all, it still needs to go through all phases of production and post-production until it reaches our retinas and ears.

Bob Iger

Meanwhile, the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger (who recently left Apple’s board of directors), said he was not concerned that Apple TV + will be cheaper than its streaming, also to come Disney + – in the United States, the Apple service will cost US $ 5 per month, while the Mickey platform will cost US $ 7 per month.

THE CNBC, Iger credited self-confidence to the fact that, according to him, Disney + is «very different» from any other service.

We are not really concerned with competition in terms of price because we have a product that is really unique.

We are very, very different from all the other services available.

So, even though we see these platforms as competitors, we are not fixed on the competitive part of things.

In fact, Iger has a point: with a catalog that basically brings together everything already produced by giants like Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, National Geographic and a lot of FOX (like “The Simpsons”), Disney + certainly has a clear advantage – at least in the sense of appealing to the emotional potential customers.

If this strategy will work, then we will have to wait and see.

Report from Bloomberg

Finally, the Bloomberg published an interesting report with more details about the foundation – no, not the “Foundation” series, but the genesis of Apple TV + itself.

The trajectory of planning and discussing service plans has come a long way.

For years, Apple already had the idea of ​​launching own series, and even had a project involving the actor Keanu Reeves; initial conversations, however, did not go forward.

The production of the series «Vital Signs», about rapper and executive Dr.

Dre, was canceled – because Apple insisted on applying its own “aesthetics” and philosophy to productions and avoiding explicit content of violence, sex or drug use.

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon on Apple TV +

Things only got on track when Apple hired Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, in 2017.

They were the ones who attracted Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon with the project of «The Morning Show», the series «Flagship» that initial moment of Apple TV +; the executives promised to produce two seasons of the series and offered more than $ 250 million in budget without even recording a pilot.

The actresses themselves received more than $ 1 million per episode, an almost unprecedented number in the television industry.

According to Bloomberg, Apple’s initial appeal on adult content has been softened.

Although the original Apple series does not have graphic scenes of violence and sex (like HBO productions, for example), the company is already making room for more serious or inappropriate themes – one of the Apple TV + series, for example, has a character addicted to heroin.

Now, with the premiere of the service, we’ll see how these initiatives will perform in real life.

via Cult of Mac, 9to5Mac, MacRumors