HBO Finally Sets ‘Westworld’ Premiere Date for Fall 2016
HBO’s Westworld adaptation has often found itself the center of a larger narrative around the network’s expensive missteps, following production halts and rumors a premiere might be pushed to 2017. Not so, apparently, as HBO now confirms Westworld will bow in late 2016, along with Sarah Jessica Parker’s new show and others.
Curiously, HBO declined to provide an official premiere date for either Westworld, Parker’s Divorce, Issa Rae’s Insecure or pot comedy High Maintenance. That said, all four will premiere at an unspecified date in fall 2016, curbing suggestions Westworld had been pushed to 2017.
Bad Robot’s Westworld remakes the 1973 tale as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Person of Interest creator and The Dark Knight co-writer Nolan wrote the script with Burn Notice scribe Lisa Joy, with Nolan directing the pilot and finale, and Michelle MacLaren helming the penultimate outing. Nolan and Joy executive produce with J.J Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk.
The new series features among its cast Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, X-Men star James Marsden, The Hunger Games and Boardwalk Empire star Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Raising Hope lead Shannon Woodward, 300 star Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Simon Quarterman, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Lili Simmons and Clifton Collins, Jr.
For those unfamiliar with the original 1973 Yul Brynner-James Brolin film, Westworld told the story of a future resort wherein guests pay to live out time period fantasies brought to life by sophisticated human-like androids, before the robots began malfunctioning and killing the resort’s crew. The film spawned the sequel Futureworld, and eventually the short-lived ‘80s TV series Beyond Westworld.
Check out the teaser again below, while we wait for updates and an official premiere date.