HBO to Remake ‘Westworld’ With Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams

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Quote from: Variety.comAUGUST 30, 2013 | 02:00PM PT

Jerry Weintraub shepherding adaptation of 1973 Yul Brynner cult classic with Bad Robot, WBTV

Cynthia Littleton Editor-in-chief: TV (*at*)Variety_Cynthia

HBO has given a pilot production commitment to Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV for a series adaptation of the 1973 Yul Brynner cult classic "Westworld," to be written and helmed by Jonathan Nolan.

Nolan and TV scribe Lisa Joy, who are married, are set to co-write the pilot script, with Nolan set to direct the pilot. Nolan and Joy will serve as exec producers with Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub. The original pic was written and directed by Michael Crichton.

The HBO rendition of "Westworld" is described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." The pilot production commitment is a big one by HBO's standards, indicated the depth of the pay cabler's interest in the project.

Weintraub has been trying to get a feature remake of "Westworld" off the ground for years — Arnold Schwarzenegger was attached at one point but had to bow out after he became governor of California in 2003. Weintraub has been busy at HBO in recent years, most recently fielding the successful Liberace telepic "Behind the Candelabra."

Original "Westworld" also starred Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as vacationers at an adult-themed amusement park who are tormented by a robot modeled as a Western gunslinger, played by Brynner. A sequel with Brynner, Blythe Danner and Peter Fonda was released in 1976, while CBS tried a small screen spin on the concept, "Beyond Westworld," that lasted three airings in March 1980.

Nolan is heading into his third season as exec producer and showrunner of the CBS drama series "Person of Interest," also from Bad Robot and WBTV. On the film side, Nolan is working on the screenplay for Christopher Nolan's upcoming "Interstellar." The brothers previously teamed on the B.O. smashes "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises."

Joy is also developing a drama project with Bryan Fuller for USA Network. Her past TV credits include Fuller's "Pushing Daisies" and USA's "Burn Notice."

Bad Robot's Kathy Lingg is on board "Westworld" as a co-exec producer; Athena Wickham will produce.
Yes, that's what was missing from "Westworld": lens flare!

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marsattacks666

    "They come from the bowels of hell; a transformed race of walking dead. Zombies, guided by a master plan for complete domination of the Earth."

Count_Zirock

Hey, Crichton cashed the checks from "Beyond Westworld," so...he wasn't above cashing in, when it suited him.

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Phantom Stranger

I remember several years ago they announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to remake " Westworld" I physically cringed when I heard that. An HBO remake might not be so bad.

Count_Zirock

Quote from: Phantom Stranger on August 31, 2013, 09:40:53 PMI remember several years ago they announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to remake " Westworld" I physically cringed when I heard that. An HBO remake might not be so bad.
That was over a decade ago. Ahnult had to bow out when he became The Governator in 2003.

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I'm willing to try for the part, "DRAW"
I'd say that based on your avatar, you already have the part! Actually, HBO produces excellent shows in every genre, so like Phantom Stranger I'm not too put off. And of course JJ Abrams did a great job on "Super 8", so an updated Westworld might be cool. The whole premise is certainly much closer to reality than it was 40 years ago (back in '73).
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Dr.Cyclops

I just checked out the 'New Westworld' pilot and I really liked it.If the writing continues to be this good I think we have a winner on our hands.
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ChristineBCW

Do you think this is a series or mini-series? 

I find my patience to be often too-tested on films-converted-to-series - PSYCHO, for instance.  I watched its second episode and that allowed me to completely forget all interest in watching any more.

"Where's Arbogast snooping around?"

I was trying to think of how a WESTWORLD series might grab my attention.  "What if it's like FANTASY ISLAND?  Every week, new schmucks would buy a ticket and we'd see if they lived or died by the end of the episode's credit.  "Tattoo - where are you?"

I'm pretty sure I couldn't stand to see Richard Benjamin stumbling and stammering around for more than 90 minutes.  Or would it have Ahnold in it, "Where's my trip to Mars?!! I paid for a trip to Mars with a slutty athletic brunette?"

long live kong


Really enjoyed the pilot, this looks very promising. I loved the piano version of Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun'!
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Dr.Cyclops

Quote from: ChristineBCW on October 07, 2016, 11:24:14 AM
Do you think this is a series or mini-series? 

I find my patience to be often too-tested on films-converted-to-series - PSYCHO, for instance.  I watched its second episode and that allowed me to completely forget all interest in watching any more.


Though I really liked the pilot,I think a mini-series would/should be the way to go,enough time to tell the story over 6 or so episodes.I'm not sure if it is a series or mini-series though.
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geezer butler

I watched first 3 episodes of Westworld. I think it's really good so far.

long live kong

Quote from: geezer butler on January 17, 2017, 03:38:36 AM
I watched first 3 episodes of Westworld. I think it's really good so far.
I watched season one and thought it was excellent. It had some good shocks and twists (some predictable, some not so!) And the season finale was brilliant. I'll definitely be tuning in next year.
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