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Jonathan Nolan says 'Westworld' will be dark, subversive sci-fi -- exclusive photo

Combine the obsessive detail of Disneyland, the populated virtual immersion of World of Warcraft, and the sinful catering of Las Vegas and you’re still nowhere close to the anything-goes theme park in HBO’s new sci-fi series Westworld.

Based on visionary author Michael Crichton’s classic 1973 film about androids run amuck in a high-tech tourist destination, the show’s producers—including Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk —have lured marquee stars (Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and Ed Harris) with a dark look at the consequences of our exponentially advancing technology. READ FULL STORY

Thandie Newton joins HBO's 'Westworld'

Thandie Newton has joined the cast of HBO’s Westworld adaptation, EW has confirmed.


'Hunger Games,' 'Raising Hope' actors join HBO's 'Westworld'

HBO’s Westworld is filling out its cast. The sci-fi drama series from producers J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub has enlisted actors from The Hunger Games saga, Fox’s Raising Hope, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, among others.

The six new hires join previously cast stars Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood. The pilot is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film set in a futuristic theme park where androids fulfill dark human desires. Below are the actors and their official role descriptions from producer Warner Bros., which provide more description about the show than what’s been released previously. One of the parts, filled by Rodrigo Santoro, seems to be HBO’s version of Yul Brynner‘s iconic killer cowboy character from the original film.  READ FULL STORY

HBO orders 'Westworld' adaptation from J.J. Abrams

Michael Crichton’s cult classic Westworld, which imagines a Wild West-themed vacation destination inhabited by robots, is coming to HBO.

The pay network gave a pilot production commitment to the project from J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest), and producer Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra).

The logline for the adaptation of the 1973 film reads: “Set in the amazing world dreamt up by Michael Crichton, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

Nolan and Lisa Joy will write and executive produce the series; Nolan is set to direct the pilot.

This is not the first time Westworld has made its way to the small screen. A very short-lived 1980 series starring James Wainwright and Connie Selleca called Beyond Westworld continued the story from the film and its 1976 sequel Futureworld.

The original film starred Yul Brynner as the robot gone awry while James Brolin and Richard Benjamin starred as tourists who got more than they bargained for. Check out the original trailer below:



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