Most fans of True Detective have decided that season two was a bust, which adds fuel to the narrative that aside from Veep and Silicon Valley HBO isn’t having a very good year. Ah well, there’s always next year, and it seems like HBO is thinking the same way. Before last night’s True Detective finale, HBO ran the first trailer for Westworld, its highly ambitious made-for-TV remake of the robots-run-amok-in-an-Old-West-theme park novel and movie by Michael Chrichton. From a team that includes Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, and starring actors like Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris, you better believe that expectations for Westworld will be huge. Will this 30 seconds throw fuel on that hype?
Courtesy of HBO, here’s your first 30 second look at Westworld.
The HBO one-hour drama series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan. Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. Production companies, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television; executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk; co-executive producer, Kathy Lingg; producer, Athena Wickham; co-producer, Susie Ekins. The series will debut in 2016.
There’s every reason to suspect that Westworld will be a very compelling piece of television, even from only a visual standpoint. All the images released so far have been gorgeous. But since life is about more than the physical, the content of Westworld should be every bit as compelling coming from this creative team. Nolan, Abrams and Co. have spent the last four years bring Person of Interest to TV screens everywhere, a fascinating and surprisingly complex drama about the development of A.I., the secret war brewing between various intelligences, and the implications on human kind. If Nolan and everyone can get away with that on CBS, imagine what they can do on HBO.
Westworld premieres sometime next year on HBO.