HBO just released a teaser trailer for their upcoming series, ‘Westworld.’ Based on the 1973 Michael Chrichton film of the same name. ‘Westworld’ is being described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
The ’73 film was about an amusement park split up into three different themes (Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, and Wild West) but in all of them you could live out whatever decadent fantasies you wanted to, all guilt free, since all of the “actors” were robots. In Westworld you could get into a gunfight that you would obviously win, and see what it’s like to kill an obvious bad guy. However things started going wrong and the robots started thinking for themselves and decided maybe they didn’t want to lose their next gunfight.
Being a much longer format, the HBO series will obviously deviate from the movie a bit, but you can bet that there will be a lot of similar themes. Indeed, as you can see from the teaser, it looks like a large portion of the series will be the androids not understanding that they aren’t human.
The series also boasts quite the ensemble cast, with Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harrison, Evan Rachel Wood, and Ben Barns making up just a fraction of the talent on the project.
While not a ton is known about the specifics of the story yet, we do know that series co-creator, Jonathan Nolan, is pretty confident that it will be epic. When asked if the show could be bigger than ‘Game of Thrones,’ Nolan just laughed “maniacally.” Of course, maniacal laughter could just indicate that he’s really an mad scientist, but I’d totally watch a series written by a mad scientist.
Me: “Guess Westworld can’t be as big as Thrones. What could?” [Jonah Nolan laughs maniacally] Sounds like it’ll be a spiffy show.
— Matt Patches (@misterpatches) December 3, 2014
So what do you think? Are you intrigued yet by this new take on Westworld? What themes are you hoping it explores? Would you watch a show written by a mad scientist? Let us know in the comments below.
‘Westworld’ on HBO is currently slated for release sometime in 2016.