I stumbled across this article talking about Isaac Asimov's Foundation series being made into a trilogy for the big screen. Asimov is probably my favorite science fiction writer of all time, so this could be good news.
The comparison with Lord of the Rings is very fitting, though. When trying to adapt such an amazing story for movie theaters, it's a nearly impossible task to capture the essence of the books and condense it into a couple of hours of screen time. I sincerely hope they don't mess up this one (like the other crappy Asimov story adaptations they mention).