A Westworld TV Series is Coming. HBO is bringing Westworld to the small screen with the help of J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan. The TV series is inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie Westworld. HBO has given a production commitment for a pilot episode of Westworld to producer Jerry Weintraub, Warner Bros TV, Nolan, and Abrams.
Bad Robot made the cable sale to HBO. The pilot episode and possibly the series will be written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Nolan will direct the pilot episode as well. Joy is executive producing Westworld with “Abrams, Weintraub and Bryan Burk. Kathy Lingg is co-executive producing, while Athena Wickam serves as a producer. Warner Bros TV is producing with Bad Robot, Jerry Weintraub Prods. and Kilter Films.”
The plot of HBO’s Westworld: “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
On the plot of the original Westworld:
Sometime in the near future a high-tech, highly realistic adult amusement park called Delos features androids that are almost indistinguishable from human beings. For $1,000 per day, guests may indulge in any fantasy, including killing or having sex with the androids. Delos’ tagline in its advertising promises “Have we got a vacation for you!” The androids are programmed to act in character for each of the park’s three themed “worlds” — West World (the American Old West), Medieval World (medieval Europe), and Roman World (pre-Christian Rome). One of the attractions in West World is the Gunslinger (Brynner), a robot programmed to start duels. Thanks to its programming, humans can always outdraw the Gunslinger and kill it. The guns issued to the guests also have temperature sensors that prevent them from shooting each other or anything else living, but allow them to “kill” the “cold blooded” androids.
Peter Martin (Benjamin), a first-timer, and his friend John Blane (Brolin), who has visited previously, visit West World. Gradually, the technicians running Delos begin to notice problems spreading like an infection among the androids: the robots in Medieval World begin suffering an inexplicable number of systemic failures, a robot rattlesnake bites Blane, and against its programming, an android refuses a guest’s sexual advances. The failures increase until the robotic Black Knight kills a guest in a sword fight in Medieval World. The resort’s supervisors, in increasing desperation, try to regain control by shutting down power to the entire park, but this traps them in the control rooms, unable to turn the power back on while the robots run amok on stored power.
Martin and Blane, passed out drunk after a bar-room brawl, wake up in the West World bordello, unaware of the breakdown. When the Gunslinger challenges the two men to a showdown, Blane treats the confrontation as a typical amusement until the robot shoots and kills him. Martin runs for his life as the robot implacably follows him.
Martin flees to the other areas of the park, but finds only a panicky fleeing technician, dead guests and damaged robots. He climbs down through a manhole to the underground control area, and discovers that the resort’s technicians suffocated when the ventilation system shut down. The Gunslinger stalks Martin through the corridors. Ambushing it, Martin throws acid into its face and sets fire to it with a torch. He tries to rescue a woman chained up in a dungeon, but she turns out to be an android. The burned hulk of the Gunslinger attacks him one last time before succumbing to its damage. The film ends as Martin, apparently the sole human survivor, sits down on the castle steps in a state of near-exhaustion and shock, as the irony of Delos’ slogan resonates: “Have we got a vacation for you!”
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