Word slipped out today that Roland Emmerich — he of Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow fame — is Columbia’s likely candidate to direct a feature version of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. In case you’re not familiar with Foundation, it follows the evolution of a galactic empire and the role of mathematician Hari Seldon in predicting its rise and fall. It is one of science fiction’s grand masterpieces. And it has just been handed to a hack.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for some good hackery — I dug Independence Day, even though it’s laughable as sci-fi, and Doomsday made my list of the most fun flicks of last year — but I shudder to think of the guy who made 10,000 BC slicing into Foundation with all the skill and touch of a bricklayer. I’ll bet that at some point during the film, a giant wall of water will crush something, a la 2012.

What do you think? Am I being needlessly alarmist? Should I give the dude the benefit of the doubt…or am I right in hoping that, at some point, wiser heads prevail?