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.

Below, watch the new Westworld trailer.

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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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Westworld images

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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After the fifth season of Game of Thrones drew criticism for its reliance on rape as a narrative device, series producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were said to be reconsidering their show’s approach to rape. However, looking at this season’s HBO slate, rape and sexualized violence remains prolific. The Night Of opens with a naked woman murdered in bed after a sexual encounter with the innocent man accused of her murder. The forthcoming Westworld will feature a character committing rape against the humanoid female robots of the futuristic theme park.

This begs the question as to whether or not HBO is truly attempting to pull away from sexual violence against women, or if they’re all talk. Several reporters tried to dig into this topic during HBO’s Television Critics Association session this weekend, and the responses about the HBO rape problem from executives featured a lot of tapdancing. Find out what was said about HBO’s use of rape on TV after the jump. Read More »

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HBO presented a panel for Westworld to the Television Critics Association where producers/writers Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy spoke to reporters along with cast members Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Ed Harris. We sat down to discuss the show based on the Michael Crichton screenplay of the same name from 1973 with Jonah Nolan where he revealed the one thing he was allowed to do on the HBO Westworld remake that his filmmaker brother Christopher Nolan never let him do.

In addition, Nolan and Lisa Joy discussed the rules of Westworld, the themes brought about by today’s advanced technology in the story, the guest stars we can expect and much more. Plus, we learn about a very intriguing character played by Ed Harris, straight from the actor himself. Read More »

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HBO presented sessions for the Television Critics Association on Saturday, and some interesting announcements came from Quentin Schaffer, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, and Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming. During the TCA sessions, news surfaced about new shows from True Blood creator Alan Ball and former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Plus, HBO also locked down the premiere dates for their upcoming new shows such as Westworld.

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