Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan may not be as well known as his brother, Christopher Nolan, but the siblings have worked together on the screenplays for a number of blockbuster movies, including The Dark Knight Rises and recent arrival Interstellar. He also created CBS show Person of Interest, which is now on its fourth season, and is moving on to another TV project.
Working together with J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot, Nolan has been developing a TV series based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film Westworld. Set in a high tech adult amusement work populated by robots who are programmed to serve the whims of guests, the film starred Yul Brynner as an unstoppable android gunslinger that goes rogue and begins seeking out duels with the unfortunate humans in the park.
Now HBO has announced a full series order for Westworld using mysterious Twitter and Vine posts. A short audio clip from one of the posts appears to be series lead Anthony Hopkins saying, “Some of our creatures have been misbehaving,” and others show tiny glimpses into the reimagined Delos amusement park.
THR reports that Hopkins will play the inventor of the robots, while James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood will play androids who can be killed off and reappear in new forms many times, allowing them to play a range of different characters.
Westworld‘s cast also includes Ed Harris, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright, and Nolan will executive produce and write the series with his wife, Lisa Joy. Nolan directed the pilot episode and presumably intends to direct a few more as the series goes on. J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk are all set to executive produce the series, which is being produced by Bad Robot in partnership with Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films.
Admittedly one line of dialogue and a set photo doesn’t give away much about Westworld, but the acting talent alone is going to make it worth checking out. The logline describes it as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” and the fact that it’s airing on HBO will mean plenty of room for graphic depictions of sin.
Artificial intelligence has come a long way since 1973 (we’re watching you, Siri) so this is one remake that’s pretty easy to justify. Besides, you can never have too many robots on TV.
Westworld will arrive on HBO in 2015.
Source: HBO, THR