HBO orders Westworld remake pilot from J.J. Abrams

News Louisa Mellor
2 Sep 2013 - 07:37
I said pick it up.

If J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan's pilot is well-received, a TV version of Michael Crichton's 1973 film Westworld could be coming to HBO...

Who could say no to a TV series promising to be a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin"? (Well, Syfy could, if Caprica's cancellation was anything to go by, but ignoring that, who?). This potential new TV series - an adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 film, Westworld, about a futuristic adult theme park populated by androids - comes not from Syfy, but HBO.

The network that brought us The SopranosGame Of ThronesTrue BloodThe Wire and many more has ordered a pilot for Westworld. The Dark Knight writer Jonathan Nolan is on writing and directing duties, with help from Pushing Daisies' Lisa Joy on the script front. J.J. Abrams is to executive produce with Nolan and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk.

A pilot order for HBO of course, doesn't mean a series order is inevitable (Noah Baumbach's The Corrections fell at the pilot stage), but a glossy HBO sci-fi series? Is it Christmas already?


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