Remember Westworld? It’s the new Jonathan Nolan show produced by J.J. Abrams that was supposed to debut on HBO later this year. Or maybe next year. The thing has been plagued by all kinds of rumors about costly reshoots, logistical issues, and filming sex scenes with real sex, but HBO has been steadfast in its support of the show, saying that the producers are merely trying to get Westworld right, and that they’re taking the extra time necessary to make it so. Now, Abrams has added his own voice to that line of defense saying in a new interview that it’s “never a bad move” for a project to take the time to get it right. (more…)
Westworld is one of those science fiction TV shows that have become development hell teases, almost on par with Preacher and Arrested Development. Over the years, the series has gone through considerable rewrites, production issues and delays starting all the way back in 2013, when HBO first ordered a pilot episode and the production of a complete season in 2014, only for it to be halted halfway through 2015, just when it was about to hit the small screen. HBO went ahead to attempt to make amends for the delay, promising that the series would finally air in early 2016.
But now, with 2016 well underway, it looks like we might have to curb our expectations…
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? (more…)
Jonathan Nolan may be better known for penning screenplays like The Dark Knight, The Prestige and Interstellar, but he’s been doing damn fine work on TV too as the creator and showrunner for Person of Interest. A series monstrously overlooked, likely because it’s on CBS (where the dishonored go when they die), POI deal serious with issues involving privacy, the surveillance state and artificial intelligence in ways that big screen movies like Transcendence and Chappie only wish they could. Well, Nolan’s getting a broader pallet to explore these issues in a new series called Westworld for HBO. The show’s been delayed until 2016, but San Diego Comic Con gave us a good, long initial look at the show. (more…)
When word broke last year that J.J Abrams’ Bad Robot had teamed up with Jonah Nolan to bring the 70’s classic Sci-fi movie Westworld to HBO as a television series, I was excited, but also concerned about how seriously those in charge would take the production. Would it be a campy look-back and laugh, or would it be too serious, just another gritty reboot? Now that word has leaked that none other than acting heavy wieght Sir Anthony Hopkins will have a starring role in the series, my concerns are beginning to dwindle. (more…)
Westworld remains one of the most seminal films in science fiction thanks to Yul Brynner’s iconic performance as a gunslinger robot gone mad at a futurist theme park. How they’re going to stretch the simple concept of the original movie (and the original novel by Michael Crichton) into an ongoing series, has not been revealed, but the series has a pretty good pedigree and a home on HBO to start with.
Deadline announced the deal earlier today that the cable channel had greenlighted the series, which will be shepherded to the screen by J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Jerry Weintraub. This will be the second team-up of Abrams and Nolan, who collaborate on Nolan’s series Person of Interest, about to go into its third season on CBS; Weintraub is the prolific producer behind the Karate Kid and Ocean’s 11 franchises. According to Deadline, the series will be “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
“The future of sin?” Now we’re talking. The pilot will be written by Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies), while Nolan will direct the pilot. Deadline adds that HBO’s commitment to the series is amongst the biggest in the channel’s history, but what that means is unknown, as no further details have been given at this time.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time a Westworld series has come to TV. Beyond Westworld ran a short five short in 1980 and followed an evil scientist trying to take over the world with the robots from the theme park, and the security chief of Delos Corporation who was trying to stop him.
So are you Bastards eager to see a Westworld TV show? Obviously, HBO engenders a lot of trust, and Person of Interest is actually a pretty good show that subverts CBS’ overly procedural format. Will Westworld be a hit? Time will tell.
More news as it develops.