It’s one of the most anticipated TV projects of the last couple of years, and that’s saying something. With an accomplished creative team, an all-star cast, and a berth on HBO, everyone’s been looking forward to Jonathan Nolan‘s revisionist take on Westworld, based on the Michael Chrichton book and movie about a Wild West theme part full of robots gone mad. Behind the scenes though, there’s been trouble plenty. Cost overruns, creative conflicts, reshoots, and let’s not forget that rumor about using actual prostitutes… But are things all set for Westworld to finally premiere? HBO seems to think so. In fact, they’re now saying the show will premiere in the fall.
According to HBO itself, Westworld will be on its fall schedule along with other new series Divorce, High Maintenance, and Insecure. According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO convinced Nolan to “put his ego aside” for the good of the show, and bring some help in the form of two new writers and a producer to get the whole thing back on track. Perhaps these hurdles have been sufficiently vaulted to allow the series to be ready for the fall, as HBO had previously said it might not be seen until 2017 at the earliest.
But perhaps with Person of Interest nearing completion, Nolan can focus wholeheartedly on this new series. On the subject of Westworld’s delays just a few months ago, Nolan’s co-producer J.J. Abrams said:
At the heart of Westworld is this story of consciousness and oppression and discover. It’s one of the projects I feel most grateful and lucky to be a part of. What [the directorial team has] done is so stunning and cool and they’re not rushing it because of business matters and the network is giving them the time. That is never a bad move. Westworld is one of those things I’ve wanted to work on for so long. I had a meeting probably 21 years ago with Michael Crichton about doing this. And it’s taken a long time to get this going.
Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson,Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Barnes, and Clifton Collins, Jr., and so far, all we’ve seen from it is the following 30 seconds…
Will Westworld be worth the hype, the trouble, and wait? I guess we will find out soon.