Westworld Redirection Planned, Debut Postponed
Looks like there is trouble in the “Westworld” territory. According to Variety, production on the long-anticipated HBO Sci-Fi/Western has shut down. The halt is only temporary. This minor set-back is a much needed to work more diligently on the script.
“Westworld”, originally released in 1973 by director Michael Crichton, is an Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller. The synopsis to “Westworld” is:
An amusement park for rich vacationers. The park provides it’s customers a way to live out their fantasies through the use of robots that provide anything that they want. Two of the vacationers choose a wild west adventure. However, after a computer breakdown, they find that they are now being stalked by rogue robot gun-slinger.
Creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are in works with the 2016 “Westworld” adaptation. Instead of a feature film, they’re creating an hour-long television series. The project will be based off of the 1973 original feature.
A series inspired by the 1973 film of the same title directed by Michael Crichton about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings.
The “Westworld” television series cast lineup is exciting, and will star big names, such as:
- Ed Harris (“A Beautiful Mind”, “Gravity”)
- Anthony Hopkins (“Hannibal”, “The Elephant Man”, “The Silence of the Lambs”)
- Thandie Newton (“The Pursuit of Happyness”, “The Chronicles of Riddick”, “Mission Impossible II”),
- James Marsden (“X-Men”, “Superman Returns”)
- Evan Rachel Wood (“The Wrestler”, “Thirteen”)
- Jeffrey Wright (“Casino Royale”, “The Manchurian Candidate”, “Quantam of Solace”)
Production to the 2016 adaptation of “Westworld” began back in 2013. Season one got green light in 2014, in hopes of premiering the first season in 2015. Production was originally scheduled to wrap up in November. With the delay, it will now resume in March, this according to Slashfilm. Allegedly, the television series will begin with the same concept as Crichton’s 1973 feature. The modernization will take its own path. HBO describes the project as
“..a dark odyssey about the about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin”.
Well, that’s if HBO can finally get back on the right track. “Westworld” has had quite a few bumps since production began in 2013. Don’t feel discouraged. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Despite these minor setbacks, HBO is still confident that “Westworld” will premier in 2016.
“As we head into the final phase of production on “Westworld”, we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing.”