J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan & Jerry Weintraub Plan ‘Westworld’ Series on HBO

By August 31, 2013


Right now Bad Robot has “Person of Interest” and “Revolution” as their ongoing series, and in the coming TV season they’ll be joined by “Almost Human” and “Believe.” But for the first time in the company’s relatively short TV history, they’ll be going to HBO.

Variety has word that J.J. Abrams and the banner that brought viewers series like “Lost” and “Alias” is reteaming with “Person of Interest” creator and Dark Knight trilogy writer Jonathan Nolan for a TV series adaptation of Westworld, the 1973 sci-fi film from author Michael Crichton 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

However, it sounds like the series will be a little different as the script from Nolan and “Burn Notice” scribe Lisa Joy is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Nolan will direct the pilot for the series which also has super producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros. Television producing with Bad Robot.

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Weintraub has actually been trying to get a feature film remake of Westworld together for a long time. Arnold Schwarzenegger was even involved at one point, but the project fell to the wayside when the actor turned to politics and became the governor of California.

This isn’t the first time Westworld has been brought to the small screen as a shortlived series called “Beyond Westworld” lasted just three episodes before it was canceled in March of 1980. But with Bad Robot, Jonathan Nolan, and HBO teaming up for this series, we’re betting it’ll last a little bit longer.

It’ll be interesting to see how much more mature and edgy Bad Robot’s programming gets with HBO. Nolan is a spectacular writer on the big screen, and his series “Person of Interest” is easily one of the most underrated shows on television right now. In addition, we’re wondering just how they’ll expand Crichton’s story into a series that could potentially last several seasons. Stay tuned.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.