The future is now at HBO.
The network announced Monday that it has ordered the impressive drama Westworld to series. Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," Westworld is an adaptation of the 1973 film of the same name about a futuristic amusement park. It was written and directed by Michael Crichton.
The network has enlisted some big names to help bring the TV adaptation to life. Jonathan Nolan—the executive producer of CBS' Person of Interest, and also the brother of some guy named Christopher Nolan—serves as writer, director and executive producer alongside fellow EPs J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk and Lisa Joy. The Nolans also recently collaborated on the big-screen space adventure Interstellar.
The cast is equally impressive; Anthony Hopkins will star in his first regular series gig as Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant creative director and chief programmer of Westworld, an amusement park that is populated by lifelike robots. Joining him for the ride are Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto and more.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the androids can be killed off at any time and return with different personalities, which sounds awfully similar to the Cylons of Battlestar Galactica, if you ask me.
It's not all that surprising the network is moving forward with Westworld, which we first heard about in August 2013. By the end of this year, the network will have lost three of its big-name series.
In August we said goodbye to the long-running horror staple True Blood, and in October the criminally underrated gangster drama Boardwalk Empire breathed its last breath. In a few short weeks, Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom will also sign off for good. As popular as they are, HBO can't expect to survive on the backs of Game of Thrones and True Detective forever.
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