Jonathan Nolan, co-writer of Interstellar and brother of Christopher Nolan, is turning Issac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy into an HBO series, according to The Wrap. Nolan, who is currently working with HBO on Westworld, has been secretly developing the project for months. In a recent interview with Indiewire, Nolan spoke of his love for the iconic science fiction series:

“Well, I f–king love the “Foundation” novels by Isaac Asimov — they’re certainly not well-known, but that’s a set of books I think everyone would benefit from reading. That’s a set of books where the influence they have is just f–king massive; they have many imitators and many have been inspired by them, but go back and read those, and there are some ideas in those that’ll set your f–king hair on fire.”

Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, first published in 1951, tells the story of a mathematician named Hari Seldon, who has devoted his life’s work to developing psychohistory, a concept which uses the laws of mass action to predict the future, but only on a large scale. Seldon uses this method to foresee the fall of the Galactic Empire, which in turn will be followed by a dark age of anarchy lasting 30,000 years. However, he also sees an alternative future where the dark age will only last 1,000 years. To ensure this outcome, Seldon brings together a group of artisans, engineers, and intellectuals to preserve humanity’s knowledge and provide a foundation for the next empire.

In 2009, Sony Pictures had acquired Foundation and attached Ronald Emmerich to direct. When nothing came of the project, HBO jumped at their chance when the property became available again earlier this summer. The Foundation series was originally comprised of three works, Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. This trilogy was eventually followed up with two additional sequels, and two prequels. However, none of the additional books ever gained the critical acclaim achieved by the original trilogy, which won the Hugo Award for “Best All-Time” series in 1966.

Nolan’s Foundation is still in early in development, and no release date has been announced.