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.