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 »
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HBO has a year-end gift for you. The cable channel has dropped a two-minute video that recaps 2014, but which also looks ahead to 2015. In a brief blast of footage is our first real look at Game of Thrones Season 5, and a tiny bit of footage from Westworld. Check out HBO’s 2015 preview (and 2014 in review) to get a look at what’s coming in the Game of Thrones S5 footage. Read More »
TV companies are going crazy trying to mine film libraries for the next big television series, because why come up with an original untested idea without an established brand name title, right? I almost included the movie to television series trend in my 9 Current Movie and Television Trends I Hate article last month, but I decided it was too soon to make that judgement.
While I’m already tired of seeing the announcements, I really loved Fargo (and I really mean LOVED — it’s my favorite television series of the year), I’m still enjoying Friday Night Lights/Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims‘ About a Boy, and I know many people who really dig Hannibal, Bates Motel, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. So it’s hard for me to condemn it at this point. And yes there are also Gotham, Constantine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I consider those shows comic book adaptations.
You might be shocked to learn that there are currently over 30 television shows in development right now based on big screen movies. Which are good ideas? Which sound horrible? After the jump, I attempt to rank all of the movies being adapted into TV shows, by concept from worst to most promising ideas.
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The last time we talked about Westworld, the proposed HBO series that revamps the idea of a theme park for adults in which the automaton attractions run wild, it seemed like a series order was all but assured. Now HBO has issued that series order, which comes complete with a teasing image and Vine video. The cast of the show is great (Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright), the creators number among them Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and plans for the show suggest that it will explore the intersection between technology and morality.
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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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