A drama series based on Isaac Asimov’s science fiction Foundation series is being developed for Apple Inc, Reuters reported. David S Goyer, whose writing credits include Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and Josh Friedman (Steven Spielberg’s 2005 War of the Worlds) will serve as writers, executive producers and show-runners, Variety said.

Apple has not yet revealed whether the show will be distributed on its iTunes store or another platform.

The Foundation series, originally developed as a trilogy and then expanded into seven titles, traces the fall and resurgence of a galactic empire through the eyes of mathematician Hari Seldon.

Several attempts had been made to develop the series for film and television, but the projects did not materialise. A BBC Radio adaptation on the series was broadcast in 1973 with a re-run in 2003.

Apple announced last year that it would be developing original programming to compete with other streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Its ongoing projects include an untitled comedy-drama with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, a Kristen Wiig comedy, an M Night Shyamalan thriller and a competition reality show for app developers.