For those who have been paying attention, “Westworld” went from being HBO’s next high concept series to a possible failure as multiple production hiccups kept putting the show on hold. Originally, speculation put the show’s premiere somewhere in May or June of 2016. As we all know now, that did not happen.
What a difference a few months make. Just ahead of Sunday’s (June 19) penultimate Season 6 episode of “Game of Thrones,” the network premiered the first full length trailer for “Westworld.” Created by Jonathan Nolan (“Person of Interest,” “The Dark Knight”) and Lisa Joy (“Burn Notice,” “Pushing Daisies”) — J.J. Abrams is on as executive producer — HBO is out to remake the original 1973 science fiction thriller, that starred Yul Brynner and James Brolin.
If the names behind the production have you intrigued, just look at the cast involved: Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris, to name a few. Needless to say, it may be worth all of our time to watch just because Hopkins is now doing TV. That’s a feat unto itself!
And if you needed a refresher on the story, the concept here is similar to that of the original film. A futuristic theme park, Westworld is a place where guests can go to live out time fantasies set in different time periods. Filled with life-like androids, if the show goes the way of the movie — and sequel … and failed 80s TV series — these robots are going to become sentient in a murderous fashion.
If anything, things are going to be sexy or awkward — or both? — as it’s now common knowledge the background actors on the project had to sign a contract allowing “genital-to-genital touching.” If you though the nudity on “Game of Thrones” was gratuitous, it looks like HBO is about to take things to a whole other level!
“Westworld” premieres this fall on HBO.