HBO Officially Orders ‘Westworld’ Series from Jonathan Nolan & J.J. Abrams

By November 17, 2014

Since August of 2013, we’ve been anticipating Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams’ “Westworld” TV series, which was being developed for HBO. Nolan and his wife Lisa Joy wrote the script, and Bad Robot will produce alongside Jerry Weintraub. Our anticipation has risen with the casting of Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ed Harris, and more, and now HBO has finally confirmed that they’ve given the show a full series order.

“Westworld” is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name, which followed Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as vacationers at an adult-themed amusement park who are tormented by a malfunctioning robot modeled as a Western gunslinger, played by Yul Brynner. Here’s the official logline for the HBO series:

WESTWORLD is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

The Playlist has a more detailed description of what we can expect:

The show will apparently flip the script a bit on the movie, focusing on the robots instead of the humans, with Wood and Marsden as love interests, who find their relationship continually thwarted by constant reboots in their programming when they “die” in the titular theme park.

HBO tweeted this mysterious image earlier this afternoon, and then confirmed that they had indeed given “Westworld” a series order:


And here’s a Vine from one of the show’s stars that contains our first glimpse of the series:


Looking forward to the show? With a cast like that, and some serious talent working behind the scenes, how could you NOT be?

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