HBO Halts Production on ‘Westworld’

By January 18, 2016

One of my most anticipated new series of 2016 is HBO’s Westworld. The upcoming series is based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Westworld is a sci-fi western thriller about a western-style theme park where the androids that inhabit the park malfunction and begin causing chaos.  Western, check. Sci-fi elements, check. Great cast, check. Intriguing premise, check.  All of that coupled with HBO’s solid track record has had me eagerly looking forward to the series ever since it was announced back in 2014.  That anticipation is now going to have to be put on hold for the time being as production has been put on hold to finish scripts.

Variety is reporting that the project is being delayed for two months while executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Production was originally scheduled to wrap in November, but is now set to resume in March.  HBO is confident that the series will still premiere in 2016, but no official date has yet been given.

One has to wonder why the scripts for the final episodes weren’t finished before now. Especially when production was supposed to wrap in November. Perhaps story elements or characters came together differently during production from what they had initially planned. Hopefully they had an ending in mind going in and aren’t trying to come up with one on the fly. That could be disastrous. Or maybe they just legitimately fell behind in their work and need this time to iron everything out.

Now that Westworld is being pushed further out into 2016, it will be another genre heavy show that can help fill the gap between seasons of Game of Thrones. Let’s just hope there aren’t any more delays.

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Christopher Skalicky
Chris, a film and television junkie, grew up on Star Wars, all things Disney, Stargate SG-1 and a healthy dose of John Wayne. When not thinking about movies he is busy being an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He will also argue that Surf Ninjas is the greatest movie about surfing ninjas ever made. Tweet him at @Schlick51
  • Stu

    1973 movie staring Yul Brynner and James Brolin is a classic. Find a copy and watch it a few times while you wait.