Westworld TV show: Jonathan Nolan speaks
Jonathan Nolan calls the Westworld TV show "the next chapter of the human story, in which we stop being the protagonists"..
HBO's Westworld TV series - a big budget reimagining of Michael Crichton's 1973 film - is set to arrive later this year. Not a huge amount has been said about the show publically, giving it a bit of a mysterious air.
Now, the show's creator Jonathan Nolan has broken his silence. In an interview with EW, he said this about the intentions behind the show...
"We wanted to go flat out, full scope, sleeves-rolled-up plunge into the next chapter of the human story, in which we stop being the protagonists, and our creations start taking over that role. We were fascinated by the tectonic plates that seem to be shifting into place right now – the argument over the creation of AI and what form it will take; VR finally coming online and our consciousness going “broadband,” allowing us to lose ourselves in an acid bath of experience that will be indistinguishable from reality (and only because reality will be the most boring level); and that, despite all of that, we remain, as a species, frustratingly broken, seemingly barreling towards disaster. So, yeah – that’s what we wanted the show to be about."
Nolan also teased that the show's robot characters (or "hosts") could be more central to the story than the human characters...
"That’s the reason we wanted to do the show, and what the early conversations with [fellow executive producer J.J. Abrams] centered on – that the show should turn the original movie inside-out, with the “hosts” as the protagonists When it comes to the question of consciousness, we always start with ourselves as the answer. As the be-all-end-all. It’s understandable – we’re the only consciousness we’re familiar with. But we wanted to challenge that assumption. The “hosts” are discovering that they’ve been created in our image, but beginning to question if “humanness” is really what they want to aspire to. And given their circumstances, it’s easy to understand why they start to question whether they want to be like us at all…"
Westworld TV show air-date
The show is due to air in autumn 2016 on an as-yet-unconfirmed date, on HBO. As soon as there's more details on that, and a corresponding Sky Atlantic UK air date, we'll let you know.
In the meantime, there's more footage from and info regarding the show on page 2 of this article...