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HBO Making a New ‘Westworld’ Series


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.

Source: /Film


Not for the first time, the artist formally known as Geordi LaForge shares some sour grapes about the J.J. Abrams-led reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Last year, LeVar Burton said that there wasn’t enough reverence for Star Trek: The Next Generation in Abrams’ 2009 film, and now Burton thinks that Abrams is trying to mitigate all previous incarnations of the franchise, and he’s against that!

Here’s what Burton told the Toronto Sun:

“(Abrams’ Star Trek) was a great movie, and he brought a whole new generation to Trek. But I’m a little disquieted by things I hear coming out of his camp, things like he would like to be remembered as the only Trek—which would discount everything before he got there.

“There’s ‘breaking the canon,’ which he did (by re-inventing Star Trek‘s timeline). But there’s also honouring the canon. And to pretend to be the only one is really egocentric and immature.

“I just came from a conference in San Francisco with Advanced Micro Devices, and they’re working on technology towards building a holodeck. That was Next Generation. And that’s part of what Star Trek has brought to the culture. So when JJ Abrams says, There should be no Star Trek except the one I make,’ I call bulls—, J.J.”

OH… snap? Hm, I don’t remember any comment from anyone in Abrams’ camp disrespecting the canon. In fact, Star Trek Into Darkness screenwriters Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are both avowed Trek fans, the ’09 Star Trek had the usual Easter Eggs for fans, and all the related Star Trek comic books through IDW have been full of references to both the Original Series and Next Gen. Sounds like someone’s trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, especially since he’ll do anything for gas money and the promise of free food.

Source: Blastr