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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As a fan of lengthy articles about troubled film and television productions, I’m looking forward to the future exposé that goes into great detail about exactly what’s going on behind the scenes of Westworld. HBO’s ambitious science fiction series, based on the 1973 film of the same name, was a complex and arduous production before the press got wind of consent forms that required extras to agree to “genital-to-genital touching” and pose “on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on [their] back.” And then the entire show shut down production three months ago so writer/producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy could finish the remaining four scripts in the first season. All of this for a show that was originally intended to premiere in 2015. Like I said, there’s a great article waiting to happen here.
But in the meantime, we can now report that Westworld has resumed production and that Banshee star Lili Simmons has joined the cast.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
HBO’s Westworld hasn’t had an easy go of it. The sci-fi Western halted production in January, and word was the series premiere could be pushed back all the way to 2017 — after originally being slated for 2015. Sure, none of this is to say Westworld won’t be great when it finally premieres. But it’s hard not to see such delays as cause for concern, especially given the network’s recent struggles with projects like David Fincher’s Videosynchrazy.
Executive producer J.J. Abrams, however, suggests there’s no need to worry about Westworld just yet. It’s “never a bad move,” he says, to give a project the time needs. And while we’ve got a while to go before we actually get to see how Westworld turned out, Abrams did offer SXSW a little peek in the form of a new trailer. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Sometimes, you just have to take a step back and just wait for the debris to settle. That’s how I feel about HBO‘s Westworld, which has been the subject of many weird stories and headlines over the past year. Depending on the given moment, Jonathan Nolan‘s upcoming science fiction series is a masterwork or a disaster, the next feather in the network’s cap or a misfire. The show’s troubled development has been well-documented enough that you have to wonder what is actually happening behind closed doors.
And that brings us to today’s two Westworld stories, both of which are at odds with one another. In one corner, you have a report that says the series is set to premiere this summer. In the other corner, you have a story that suggests HBO will actually delay the series until 2017. So there you go.
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Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
HBO has temporarily halted production on its long-gestating television adaptation of Westworld, claiming that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy need more time to fine tune the final four scripts for the show’s first season. If you read between the lines, that’s obviously B.S. It’s clear to anyone who really thinks about it that the network is currently dealing with a robot uprising and that they’ve had to lock down the sets until they know how to deal with the cowboy androids currently racking up a body count of helpless production assistants and interns.
But go ahead and believe what you want. HBO is still confident that their ambitious science fiction series will air in 2016.
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HBO debuted the first Westworld teaser to coincide with the season finale of True Detective. The brief tease for the series-length remake and expansion of Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film is certainly eye-catching and intriguing.
We don’t know much about the show. Westworld comes from exec producers Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and J.J. Abrams, and has been called “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Combine that with the plot of the original film, which features an amusement park for adults in which synthetic humanoids help recreate a few different periods from history, but also become very dangerous when they malfunction, and we’re excited to see what the team has created.
This Westworld teaser has some gorgeous and very tantalizing shots; check it out below. Read More »
Michael Lombardo, president of programming for HBO, just gave an executive session to the Television Critics Association. Here are some of the questions he’s answering about Game of Thrones, True Detective, and the upcoming Westworld. One question fans have wondered about is how many seasons of Game of Thrones we might see. When asked if the show was intending to wrap after seven seasons, Lombardo said it looks like Game of Thrones will probably go for eight seasons. Read More »
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 »
The upcoming HBO series Westworld is one we can’t wait to see. The show uses Michael Crichton‘s original film as a starting point — it provides the concept of an amusement park for adults that is staffed by automatons, and where things break down and cause some very big problems. (Not unlike that other Crichton story, Jurassic Park.) The show comes from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and stars Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, and Jeffrey Wright. It has been called “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” which sounds great. Now Nolan and Joy are talking about the Westworld HBO series, and their comments are promising. Read More »