It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Westworld represents a significant investment for HBO, especially after a string of high-profile, low-yield projects. We don’t yet have an official greenlight for Season 2, but producers are already getting their ducks in a row to flesh out Westworld’s future.
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If you weren’t thoroughly convinced that Westworld was your new best friend, boy is HBO going to make sure you two kids play together until it sticks. Not only has a second episode been released online early, you can also take an early look at Issa Rae’s Insecure and Sarah Jessica Parker’s HBO return, Divorce.
Green Day’s operatic American Idiot album naturally lent itself to a full-scale musical, but could it keep the same energy through a televised adaptation? We might find out, as Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says HBO is in early stages of adapting the former Broadway musical.
Whether or not Westworld turns into the next major franchise for HBO, few would argue that creators have crafted a layered re-imagining of the original 1973 film, with ample room to explore in subsequent seasons. Fans of the original film have wondered if HBO’s Westworld might even visit other period parks in its first season, for which production designers now have a definitive answer.
In case it wasn’t clear by the $100 million investment, or ubiquitous promotion around every corner, HBO is banking on Westworld becoming a major hit in the vein of Game of Thrones. The promotional push certainly doesn’t end with the premiere, either, as you can experience the show’s hospitality for yourself with a new AI chatbot, and even catch the premiere free of charge.
The violent delights of HBO’s Westworld are nowhere near their violent ends after Sunday’s premiere, and things are definitely going to get worse for our “hosts” before they get better. See for yourself in a new trailer previewing the HBO drama’s first season, as well as those haunting opening credits.
We’ve been there with Girls through thick and thin, from Hannah’s voice of a generation through Charlie’s drug habit, and it looks like Marnie is ready to say goodbye. Ahead of the final season, star Allison Williams shares a few shots from her last day on set, along with the series’ history.
Now that Game of Thrones is formally winding down into shortened seasons, HBO’s interest in a spinoff extension of the franchise will only rise. Series heads David Benioff and Dan Weiss have adamantly distanced themselves from any more Thrones after Season 8, but HBO heads are still courting them to return in some capacity.
You’ve waited long enough for HBO’s Westworld, and believe us, it was worth the wait. No longer, however, as new clips and photos from Sunday’s premiere should keep you satisfied over the weekend. Meet the Man in Black, and the man behind Westworld!
Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film is something of a cult classic, offering an early blueprint for Jurassic Park with its tale of scientists playing God and an ill-advised theme park run amok (seriously, what on earth happened during Crichton’s family vacations?). Similarly, Crichton’s campy romp through a futuristic resort serves as a blueprint for HBO’s Westworld, which takes a more thoughtful and unsettling approach in its inversion of the ’73 film, presenting the A.I. (or “hosts”) as the protagonists of the series.