HBO’s TV adaptation of ‘Westworld,’ Michael Crichton’s (also directed Jurassic Park series of films) first directorial venture is enough to give you the more than just shivery goosebumps with its chilling question, ‘Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?’ which gives us a premonition of what the new series has in store for us.
Crichton had written and directed the movie as a sci-fi Western set in a near future time where tourists visit a robot-populated theme park to relive the thrills and pleasure of old western days without getting injured; the movie centred around all the things that went wrong at the park. In the HBO adaptation, things don’t just go wrong, they are downright creepy and making it even spookier is Hannibal’s Anthony Hopkins as Dr Robert Ford, the director of Westworld Park. We can guarantee you a sleepless night if you watch the 30 second trailer below.
The HBO version however focuses more on the viewpoint of the robots than the people at the park; it is all about the darker side of artificial consciousness. According to HBO president Michael Lombardo, “I think the visitors to the park are really not the primary focus of our show at all. It resembles the film in name and in spirit and but really is, I think, otherwise not much of a reference point.”
Apart from Hopkins the series casts Ed Harris, Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman.
HBO’s Westworld is written and directed by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan’s brother, executive producer of “Person of Interest” (CBS), and co-writer of “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar.” The series is scheduled to arrive in 2016.