In the wake of the season 1 premiere episode of the hotly anticipated HBO original sci-fi/western series Westworld, fans of the original Westworld film written and directed by the late Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) from 1973 have a lot to get excited about. Starting things off with a bang in the fantastic and unnerving pilot episode, series co-creator, writer, and producer Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar) offers fans of Crichton’s motion picture an original production for the premium cable network to match the likes of its fantasy behemoth brethren Game of Thrones.
The premiere episode of Westworld offered plenty of enticing performances and stirring set pieces to peak the casual viewers’ interest; at the same time, doubling down on some of the most groundbreaking genre television work to keep the more dedicated cinephile’s attention. And all of that impressive work began with the new show’s highly stylized opening credits sequence, which have now been release online.
Featured in the footage above, parent network HBO teases viewers from the very get go with an enigmatic, moody, and ominous opening credits sequence to match the likes of past successes like True Blood and True Detective. Offering a few tantalizing images of some of the show’s insidious seeming AI protagonists and antagonists alike, the new show is destined to pique the interest of the uninitiated based purely on the lurid content of its opening credits sequence alone.
Starring the likes of Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris (The Truman Show) – alongside supporting turns from James Marsden (X-Men) and Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) – Westworld already looks like a promising new breakout hit for HBO. Featuring a premise not all that dissimilar from Crichton’s other original blockbuster franchise property Jurassic Park, the new show from executive producer J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is off to a solid start.
Genre film fans are more than likely to start watching Westworld based on the impressive pedigree of the talent attached, and the opening credits sequence should further serve to open the eyes of those who might be otherwise disinterested in science-fiction fare. Only time will tell how well the new show performs in terms of Nielsen ratings, but for now fans of the show can begin trying to get their family and friends invested via the impressive bit of filmmaking that is represented by the opening credits sequence.
Westworld continues next Sunday with ‘Chestnut’ @9pm on HBO.