HBO to Adapt 1970s Classic Westworld into a Series

westworld posterHere’s a film that deserves to be introduced to a new generation of genre fans.  WESTWORLD is a 1973 sci-fi flick written and directed by Michael Crichton, the same mind behind the JURASSIC PARK franchise.  In the film a robot malfunction creates terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park, but there’s a lot more going on here.  WESTWORLD also examines the abuse of new technology and the dangers of letting new technology get away from us.  Pretty topical in today’s world, don’t ya think??  The film starred  Yul Brynner as the robot who seems to attain some level of consciousness and this was one of Brynner’s best roles.  He was frightening and completely believable in his role.

WESTWORLD is a film that would greatly benefit from a remake.  Don’t get me wrong; the original kicks ass, but it may feel a little dated for younger audiences.  Well HBO apparently agrees that WESTWORLD is a story that deserves to be updated and retold.  According to HBO has committed to adapting the 1973 film into a series for it’s station.

In one of the biggest commitments ever for HBO, the pay cable network has nabbedWestworld, a drama series inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie. The project, from J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, Person Of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan, producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros TV, has received a pilot production commitment. It marks the first major cable sale for Bad Robot, which had been focused on broadcast TV for the past few years.

The pilot/series is being written by Nolan and Lisa Joy (of BURN NOTICE fame) and is being described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”  Check out the trailer for the 1973 film below.  I’m pretty stoked to see this project come alive!!  More details on this one as they become available.

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2 Responses to HBO to Adapt 1970s Classic Westworld into a Series

  1. changeling69 says:

    Like many other 70s sci fi movies like WW, it has grown on me forever. The future was back then for us:):). Lovely to see a remake of it. to hell with the King & I…….WW is Yul Brynner’s BEST movie by far 🙂