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[TV] J.J. Abrams Is Making A “Westworld” Series For HBO!

HBO has given a pilot production commitment to Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV for a series adaptation of the 1973 Yul Brynner cult classic “Westworld,” to be written and helmed by Jonathan Nolan, reports Variety.

Nolan is set to co-write the pilot script with Lisa Joy and direct the pilot. Nolan and Joy will serve as exec producers with Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub. The original pic was written and directed by Michael Crichton.

The HBO rendition of Westworld is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

Original Westworld also starred Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as vacationers at an adult-themed amusement park who are tormented by a robot modeled as a Western gunslinger, played by Brynner.

Nolan is heading into his third season as exec producer and showrunner of the CBS drama series “Person of Interest.” He’s also working on the screenplay for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar. The brothers previously teamed on the B.O. smashes The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.



  • mountain twin

    wow. this is amazing, but gad dang they are scraping the bottom of the barrel.


    I like the original film so this is kinda cool… although I don’t watch any series these days. Would have been much more interested in a movie…

  • Ravinus

    I think this is a great idea. I really like the movie and there’s definitely room to modernize it and sustain a series.

  • SonOfVoorhees

    TV series would be a bad idea. A movie remake would be good. Even if it was lower budget it would be great, just dont let JJ direct it.

  • Evil_Flip

    Didn’t they already do a series (futureworld or something)? anyways, I’m not really bothered by a new version of westworld though I can’t see how they can keep this interesting for a whole series. I mean what are they going to do? every week a different robot goes crazy in a different part of the park?

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