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After a delay and some production issuesJonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Lisa Joy‘s reimagining of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film Westworld is finally coming to HBO. The show was originally scheduled to arrive in 2015, but Nolan and all involved were allotted more time to get the show back on track. The latest trailer for the series — which is part western, part science-fiction — promised an ambitious, large-scale production.

If you still want to see more from the show, then check out some new Westworld images below.

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Westworld Trailer

When production was halted on HBO’s television adaptation of the sci-fi feature Westworld, some were worried that the show was on shaky ground before it had even premiered on the cable network. Thankfully, J.J. Abrams came around to put a positive spin on the situation saying that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy just needed more time to fine tune the final four scripts for the show’s first season. Now that a new Westworld trailer has debuted, it looks like this show will be worth the wait.

Over the weekend, HBO debuted a new Westworld trailer showing a whole bunch of new footage from the show that will explore artificial intelligence and consciousness in a future where an elaborate amusement park is brought to life by sophisticated androids. But what happens when these creations begin explore what it means to be human by testing the boundaries of their existence and significance, thereby threatening the humans who have controlled them for so long? Read More »

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Back in January, HBO temporarily halted production on Westworld, a TV series based on Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film. The sci-fi western series, produced by J.J. Abrams and run by Jonathan Nolan, was reportedly running behind schedule and in need of reshoots. The ambitious project was speculated to debut this summer, and then there was the rumor that we wouldn’t see the show until 2017.

Contradicting early reports, HBO has announced the Westworld premiere has been scheduled for later this year. Below, learn more about the series.

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person of interest

Back in May, Person of Interest was given a shortened 13-episode order for season five. Fans feared CBS’ decision indicated the end was near for the show. After months of waiting to hear about the series’ fate, the network has finally decided to pull the plug.

Learn more about the final season of Person of Interest below.

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Westworld images

Jonathan Nolan arrived at Comic Con for his Person of Interest panel, but he brought a surprise: a trailer for his HBO series Westworld. The show takes its name and inspiration from a 1973 film by Michael Crichton, in which the robot “attractions” at a futuristic amusement park begin to run wild. The new show keeps the same basic conceit, but takes a more modern turn. HBO described it early on as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

While we don’t have that Westworld trailer to share just yet, we do have a handful of new Westworld images such as the one above, showing star Anthony Hopkins. More of the cast awaits below. Read More »

original Interstellar ending

Back when Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar was in theaters, Peter wrote a very detailed breakdown of the differences between the original script by Jonathan Nolan, written for Steven Spielberg, and the version that Christopher Nolan shot with his own revisions. Now Jonathan Nolan has talked about some of differences between his script and the finished film while promoting the blu-ray release of the film. Specifically, he addressed the ending, which as originally written in one draft — potentially a different one from the 2008 Spielberg draft — was much more simple, and potentially far less happy. Read More »

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Foundation TV series

Isaac Asimov‘s trilogy of Foundation novels — Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation — is among the landmark works in science fiction. (There are further sequels and prequels, too.) We’ve watched development efforts come and go, with various people hoping to create a Foundation film adaptation. (Most recently, Roland Emmerich raised the ire of sci-fi readers by taking on the project.) But there’s a new wrinkle to the story: a Foundation TV series is in development at HBO, with Interstellar writer Jonathan Nolan on board to write and produce. Read More »

interstellar script differences steven spielberg christopher nolan and jonathan nolan

You can now see Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar in theaters, but the movie was originally developed by Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan for director Steven Spielberg. In fact, I first reported on the project almost eight and a half years ago. As the story goes, Spielberg got the idea for the film after attending a Caltech workshop. There, physicist Kip S. Thorne, an expert on relativity known for his prolific contributions to the fields of gravitation physics and astrophysics, presented his controversial theories about wormholes. Jonathan Nolan was hired to develop the screenplay for Spielberg, which he originally hoped to direct after Lincoln. Of course, that didn’t happen. Christopher Nolan explained how he got involved during a press conference I attended in Beverly Hills:

[I] was talking to Jonah [Nolan] about the script he was working on with Steven Spielberg at the time. We’d bounce ideas off each other and it sounded incredibly exciting … I had the advantage of coming onto the project late and being able to look at what these guys [Jonah Nolan and Kip Thorne] had done. A lot of my contribution was ripping things out, because they put in more of these incredible mind blowing ideas that, I felt, I could absorb as an audience member. So I spent my time and my work on the script choosing the more emotive and tactile of these ideas to grab ahold of. … [Jonah] got very busy doing other things so I said, ‘Hey can I take this and combine it with some other ideas I’ve been working on’ — it was a bit more like him going ‘okay, take a shot, we’ll see what you do.’ So I showed him what I had done and he seemed reasonably happy with it.

The reason Christopher Nolan shares the screenwriting credit on the final film with Jonathan Nolan is because he reworked the original script with substantial changes. This left me wondering about the evolution of the project, and how different Steven Spielberg’s version of the film might have looked. Of course, we’ll never see Spielberg’s version but Jonathan Nolan’s 2008 draft of the screenplay has been floating around the tracking boards for some time. Investigating that draft gives us an opportunity to see how the story changed from when Jonathan Nolan was working on it under Spielberg to Christopher Nolan’s final film.

What are the biggest differences and changes? Find out the 15 biggest Interstellar script differences, after the jump.

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Jonathan Nolan

A couple weeks back I got a chance to talk to Jonathan Nolan, the brother of filmmaker Christopher Nolan and co-screenwriter of Interstellar. Jonah started developing Interstellar as a project for Steven Spielberg to direct, before getting sucked into the television world showrunning Person Of Interest for Bad Robot. Jonathan has also been making the transition into directing, helming the pilot of the HBO/Bad Robot television adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Westworld (which we talk about briefly). Read all this and more in our Jonathan Nolan interstellar interview, after the jump.

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