J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan Bringing Michael Crichton's Westworld to HBO
HBO has picked up a pilot commitment for Westworld, based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film.
Westworld will be produced by Bad Robot, J.J. Abrams’ production company, Person of Interest creator and co-writer of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises Jonathan Nolan and producer Jerry Weintraub.
According to Deadline, this will be the first series that Bad Robot has sold to a cable network after critical and fan-favorite shows such as Fringe and Lost. This is also the second time Abrams and Nolan have teamed up for television, with CBS’s Person of Interest. The pilot was written by Nolan and Lisa Joy of Burn Notice.
This is actually the second time that Westworld has come to television, the first being a 1980 drama Beyond Westworld, which continued the story told by the first film and its sequel Futureworld.
Westworld tells the story of a theme part with robotic characters that is split up into West World, Roman World and Medieval World. The robots begin to not function as they should, leading them to go after human visitors to the park. It’s also worth noting that this came years before Crichton’s other story of an amusement part gone horribly wrong, Jurassic Park.
Check out the trailer for the 1973 Westworld below:
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