Abrams and Nolan Team Up for Westworld on HBO

Jason McDonald

J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan are combining their creative powers to bring to life a new take on author Michael Crichton’s “Westworld.”  The story of robots gone bad in a western theme park was originally brought to the big screen in 1973 and was followed up with a sequel (Futureworld) and a short lived television series “Beyond Westworld.”

This modern take on the series won’t be heading to the big screen, though, it’ll be going to HBO.  This marks the first time Abram’s Bad Robot production company has partnered up with a cable network.  Jonathan Nolan is expected to direct the pilot episode based on a script that he wrote with Lisa Joy (Burn Notice). Abrams will serve as an executive producer on the series.

According to Deadline, “Westworld is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

If you’re unfamiliar with Jonathan Nolan, he’s the brother of Christopher Nolan.  He recently helped to create the television series “Person of Interest” and helped to co-write “The Prestige”, “The Dark Knight” and the upcoming “Interstellar.”

The 1973 “Westworld” was written and directed by Michael Crichton and starred Yul Brynner and James Brolin.  Check out the trailer below to give you a small idea of what you might be in for.

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      1. L. A. Howard August 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        I saw the original several years ago, but I didn’t know there was a sequel or a TV series! I’d love to see what they do with this new version!