The upcoming fall debut of the Westworld series has been on my radar since the minute it was announced as the original project is one that can be updated really well and made into something compelling for modern audiences. HBO has now released a new trailer entitled “Dreams” and it’s a pretty graphic one in a lot of ways, earning it that mature label that’s been tossed around.
The series will premiere on Sunday, October 2nd, at 9pm, which will give it a few weeks to draw in viewers before The Walking Dead returns with its new season, reinforcing Sunday night as the must-see-TV night of the week. The series, based off of the 70′s movie of the same name, is set to star Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Rodrigo Santoro.
Anthony Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board of Westworld who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it. Wood plays the provincial, beautiful and kind Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.
The original feature was released in 1973 based on the story by Michael Crichton, who also directed it, which had as its stars Yul Brynner and James Brolin. With it being a Warner Bros. property at this point after being with MGM originally, that makes it easier for HBO to work with. The people behind this are certainly interesting and that alone makes it something worth seeing what could develop as J.J. Abrams is set to produce with Bryan Burk of Bad Robot. The pilot that’s been delivered will have Jonathan Nolan co-writing it and directing it. Nolan is currently the showrunner on Person of Interest, where he’s also directed a bit. Nolan will be writing with Pushing Daisies writer Lisa Joy.
HBO plot concept: The one-hour drama series WESTWORLD (ten episodes) is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.