People have been anticipating the HBO series ‘Westworld‘ for a while now, with the initial announcement including a 2015 premiere date, which we have recently learned has been pushed back to 2017 after having already been pushed to 2016. Based on a Michael Crichton story that was turned into a movie around 21 years ago, the plot involves a futuristic amusement park full of android/ robots who gain sentience and run amok.
The series has a lot of creative talent on board at this point, including J.J. Abrams (‘Lost,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’), who had the following to say about the film’s delay:
“Westworld is one of those things I’ve wanted to work on for so long. I had a meeting probably 21 years ago with Michael Crichton [who wrote and directed the 1973 original film] about doing this. And it’s taken along time to get this going. At the heart of Westworld is this story of consciousness and oppression and discover. It’s one of the projects I feel most grateful and lucky to be a part of. What [the directorial team has] done is so stunning and cool and they’re not rushing it because of business maters and the network is giving them the time. That is never a bad move.”
While it seems like Abrams is trying to spin it so it sounds like the creative team is taking their time and making sure they have something of quality (which may be true), it seems far more likely that they are having some kind of problems, most likely script issues, and are taking a step back to get the series back on track. If true, let’s hope that Abrams and company are able to find and fix the issue before they shoot anything more, as audiences can usually tell when something has been hacked to pieces and reshot with a new script, and “Westworld’ does not seem like a project anyone wants to see hastily thrown together.