Westworld ratings

Westworld isn’t a cheap show to produce. The brass at HBO believed in the show to bet as big as they did on creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s reimagining of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film. But the good news is that it looks like that bet is already beginning to pay off. Not only did the pilot, which cost $25 million, get HBO their highest rated premiere since True Detective, it’s also already found an enthusiastic audience.

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Westworld photo

After a long and rocky production process, Westworld finally made its long-awaited debut on HBO last night… and from here, it looks like it was worth the wait. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s sci-fi drama got off to an intriguing start with its series premiere, setting up an expansive and intricate universe filled with fascinating characters who promise to explore some big questions about technology and humanity. So, what’s next? Where do we go from here?

HBO’s Westworld season 1 trailer provides some clues without giving away too many of the upcoming twists and turns.
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Westworld interview - Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy

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Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are hardly beholden to Michael Crichton‘s original 1973 film. With their reimagining, they’re telling a different story in the same location. Crichton’s movie is more of a springboard for this sci-fi drama, which deals with identity, consciousness, the relationship between man and maker, and more. Joy, Nolan (who directed the pilot), and all involved let their imaginations run wild with Westworld, which presents a future where humans can pay $40,000 to live the day in the life of a cowboy or outlaw.

The series is executive produced by filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who’s been wanting to remake Westworld for over 20 years. A few years ago, Abrams brought the project to Nolan and Joy, and the two couldn’t resist the opportunity. They clearly set their sights high, because HBO’s new series is every bit as ambitious as it looks. Nolan and Joy’s take on Westworld places more emphasis on the hosts, the artificial intelligence in the park. By shifting the focus to the A.I., Nolan and Joy raise all sorts of new questions regarding Westworld and its employees and visitors, and the two writers and producers were kind enough to discuss some of those questions with us recently.

Below, read our Westworld interview.

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HBO Westworld

Michael Crichton‘s Westworld is a movie packed with ideas, but it doesn’t add up to much more than robots going berserk. While it’s an enjoyable film with some terrific sequences, there’s a goldmine of untapped ideas in it. The creators of HBO’s Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, take real time to explore some of those ideas — and plenty more they bring to the table — in the thrilling, unsettling, and thoughtful first four episodes of season one.

Below, read our Westworld review.

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Westworld premiere synopsis

The Westworld pilot is excellent. Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy gradually introduce their high-tech theme park, which is home to all sorts of thrills and horrors. Most of the exposition expected from a pilot doesn’t come into play until episode two, and by that point, you’re completely invested in the world and characters, so every piece of information goes down smoothly. At the start of Westworld, the worldbuilding is subtle and transfixing, but the drama is every bit as captivating.

There’s so much the pilot gets right. Before it airs next month, HBO has released more materials for their sci-fi series, including a Westworld featurette, some TV spots, and a synopsis for the pilot that teases the future of the season one.

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New Westworld trailer

The marketing for HBO’s Westworld continues to impress. The footage we’ve seen so far has promised an ambitious, fun and thoughtful piece of science-fiction, and fingers crossed that’s what we’ll see next month when the series finally premieres on HBO. Another trailer – this time showing more of the world from Dolores Abernathy’s (Evan Rachel Wood) perspective – has been released for Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s loose remake of Michael Crichton‘s film.

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‘Westworld’ Has Five Seasons Completely Mapped Out

Westworld Seasons

Earlier this year HBO shut down production on Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s television remake of Michael Crichton‘s Westworld. When the J.J. Abrams-produced series was greenlit, HBO was hoping to premiere the series in 2015. Whatever the real reason was for the delay, Abrams was correct when he said it’s never a bad move not to rush to a premiere date. They took their time with the series, and according to actor James Marsden, it was somewhat because they were plotting future seasons. In fact, if all goes according to plan, we’ll get a total of five Westworld seasons.

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Westworld Poster

There’s no shortage of film to TV adaptations in the works. Rarely do these television remakes offer fresh and exciting new visions, but that doesn’t look to be the case with HBO’s Westworld, which was delayed and ran into some production troubles. The series seems to pick up Michael Crichton‘s original idea and just runs as far as possible with it. Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Lisa Joy‘s reimagining is expanding on the themes, ideas, and world perhaps not fully explored in Crichton’s thin but charming sci-fi film.

We recently saw another stellar trailer for the HBO series. Below, you can now see the Westworld poster.

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Westworld Trailer - Evan Rachel Wood

Since we’re looking at the end of Game of Thrones coming in two shortened seasons, HBO needs to find a new show to fill the void that will eventually be left by the absence of the fantasy hit. Thankfully, their TV series adaptation of the sci-fi thriller Westworld written by Michael Crichton looks like it could be their next genre hit.

Westworld is based on 1973 sci fi thriller which took place in a futuristic theme park where paying guests would pretend to be gunslingers in an artificial Wild West populated by advanced androids. But one day, the system goes haywire and the androids begin to rebel against their programming. A new Westworld trailer from HBO shows how the story plays out in a contemporary world where Evan Rachel Wood plays an android who is slowly becoming aware of the twisted world she’s part of as she realizes that she’s not as human as she thought.

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The Female Brain cast

The cast of The Female Brain has gotten bigger and better. Signing up for actress, comedian, and writer Whitney Cumming‘s (2 Broke Girls) feature directorial debut are actors James Marsden (Westworld), Lucy Punch (Into the Woods), and Toby Kebbell, who stars in this weekend’s Ben-Hur remake. The of three of them are joining Sofia VergaraCecily Strong, and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Power Forward, Blake Griffin, in Cumming’s adaptation of Louann Brizendine‘s “The Female Brain.”

Below, learn more about The Female Brain cast.

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