A TV adaptation of the popular 1973 Michael Crichton film Westworld has been ordered to series by HBO. It will air in 2015. The film centered on a group of vacationers living out a fantasy adventure at an adult amusement park with lifelike robots. Things go horribly wrong when a computer malfunctions and the vacationers are stalked by a rogue robot.
Anthony Hopkins will star in the role of the inventor who manages the amusement park filled with the humanoid robots.
The series is being written by Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice). Nolan is also executive producing and directing the pilot episode.
J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce via their Warner Brothers TV-based company, Bad Robot Productions.
One interesting thing about this project is that the androids on the show can be killed off and return later with different personas, allowing actors in the series to play multiple characters. Among the actors portraying the androids are James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood, recently seen in Charlie Countryman. The top-flight cast also includes Ed Harris, Miranda Otto (I Frankenstein) and Jeffrey Wright of The Hunger Games franchise.
Cast members are reportedly signing long-term contracts instead of doing just a few episodes, which is surprising considering the prominence and popularity of some of these celebrities. This production marks the first time Hopkins has taken on a regular series role.
President of HBO programming Michael Lombardo told The Hollywood Reporter: "The promise of the show, in terms of where it's going, is exciting to actors, and they want to be a part of this."
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