By Patrick Day, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Isaac Asimov Major adaptations: "I, Robot," "The Bicentennial Man," "Nightfall" Major works unfilmed: The "Foundation" series, "The Gods Themselves," countless short stories What gives? The prolific Asimov, who had written or edited nearly 500 books by the time of his death in 1992, was a source of inspiration and influence for many science fiction filmmakers, including George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry, but it wasn't until 1988 that a full-length production of his work "Nightfall" was released. The film was a little-seen dud, and similarly ill-received adaptations featuring Robin Williams and Will Smith have done little to bolster his box office potential.
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