J.J. Abrams’ HBO ‘Westworld’ Adaptation Gets Full Season Order for 2015, First Teaser
We’d been hearing about it for some time, but at last HBO has made Bad Robot’s star-studded ‘Westworld‘ TV series a reality. The pay-cable network has granted a full season order to Jonathan Nolan’s adaptation of the 1973 sci-fi classic, whose cast boasts the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and more, setting a 2015 premiere with the new ‘Westworld’’s first teaser.
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 Jonathan Nolan wrote the script with ‘Burn Notice‘ scribe Lisa Joy, with Nolan directing the pilot. Nolan and Joy will executive produce with Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk.
HBO’s ‘Westworld’ employs among its cast Hopkins, Wood, Ed Harris, ‘X-Men‘ star James Marsden, ‘The Hunger Games‘ and ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ star Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto, ‘Raising Hope’ lead Shannon Woodward, ‘300‘’s Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman. Some of the cast members playing androids (Marsden, Newton, Wood) may also end up killed off and brought back with a new personality, similar to how ‘American Horror Story‘ enables its cast to play different characters.
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.’
‘Westworld’ also marks Bad Robot’s first major cable sale, and one of HBO’s largest pilot commitments in years. Preview the 2015 arrival with HBO’s first Vine teaser below, and tell us what you want to see from the new future-spun series in the comments!