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Apple TV+ 'Foundation' leadership rocked after budget drama

Foundation poster (Source: Apple TV+)

A new report claims that the show runner of Apple TV+ epic "Foundation" is shifting duties after some behind-the-scenes drama about production and budget cuts.

It's not clear exactly what's going on, beyond some issues with production and budgeting. A report originally claimed that co-creator David S. Goyer was not the show runner any longer, but following that report, a representative from the show said that he was retaining the title.

The report published on Saturday by The Hollywood Reporter claims that instead of running the show on-location Goyer will contribute scripts from Los Angeles. Executive producer Bill Bost will handle the production from the show's primary filming location in Prague.

Other changes include line producer Laurie Borg exiting the production. Doug Moreno is said to take Borg's duties.

Reasons for the shifts are said to be primarily budget-oriented. Previously, it was reported that Apple TV+ was spending $5 million per episode, meaning $50 million every season.

"Foundation" had already seen its third season production interrupted by the Writers' Guild and SAG-AFTRA actors' union strike during 2023. Production was scheduled to resume in February, with around two-thirds of the season still to be shot.

But, cast and crew arriving in Prague and Poland for filming were sent home. Unspecified production issues were said to be the cause, and a ballooning budget was also said to be an issue.

Separately, Apple TV+ drama "Silo" was similarly shut down during production because of the strikes, but it has resumed filming its second season.