Every once in a while someone on the Intenet wishes for Asimovís "Foundation" to be made into a movie, and gets the usual response -- it will never work. Too slow, too little action, too much talk. Might work as a TV series.
Few days ago I saw this kind of exchange for the umpteenth time, and then it struck me -- for today's audience "Foundation" has a much deeper problem,which makes it completely unsuitable even as a TV series. Think of the main premise -- A centuries-long conspiracy which secretly manipulates the rest of the human race "for its own good" through mind control are the good guys! It would never fly today, on screen or in print. In fact, if something like "Foundation" were published without Asimov's name, it would be unsaleable. Note that in "Foundations' Edge" (1983) Asimov made Second Foundation not exactly villains, but corruptible. That took Second Foundation "off the pedestal" and cleared the space for... an even more insidious "for your own good" bunch of mind-controllers! At least that's how it would seem to me today if I read it for the first time. I wonder how BAUT readers in their teens and 20's react to "Foundation"?