Back in 1973, Jurassic Park writer Michael Crichton wrote and directed his first film, a sci-fi Western called Westworld.
It was about a near future time when tourists visit a theme park populated by realistic robots, letting them live out the violent pleasures of gunfights and more, all safe in the knowledge that they can’t be injured.
Naturally things go a bit wrong (in a pretty similar way to Jurassic Park actually).
Westworld may have aged pretty badly but it’s still a great concept with some fantastic ideas, which is why it’s such perfect fodder for a remake. And even better, HBO has picked it up for a series. Here’s the first teaser trailer for the new show.
The cast is amazing, starting with Anthony Hopkins as the director of the park. We don’t get to see much of him here but the main gunslinger is played by the incredible Ed Harris, taking on the role made famous by Yul Brynner.
There’s also James Marsden, Even Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright.
It sounds like they’ll be focussing on a single theme world here (there were three in the original movie) and it will be as much about the struggles of the bots as the people, in particular Even Rachel Wood’s Dolores who starts to suspect that she isn’t a normal girl living in a period Western town.
There are loads of potential directions for this story to go, and we’re hoping they get more than one season out of the concepts, especially given the production quality we’re used to from HBO.