J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan, and HBO all sat down and went, what is the most bad-ass project we can possibly come up with? How about, a TV remake of a 1973 movie about killer robots? Sure, why not.
Three of the biggest names in entertainment have joined forces to remake Michael Crichton's film Westworld.
Deadline is calling it "one of the biggest commitments ever for HBO." The network has so miuch confidence in the series, that they're reportedly going straight to a pilot production commitment, skipping over many of the other stages of development.
Westerworld was about a sci-fi theme park with a western themed area, a medieval area, and a Roman area, each populated by interactive robots. The proverbial shit hits the fan though when the entire park's theme becomes "kill all humans." It was followed by a fairly tepid sequel, Futureworld, and an even less successful TV adaption, Beyond Westworld.
It's interesting that HBO was able to get Dark Knight trilogy screenwriter Jonathan Nolan and iconic producer/director JJ Abrams on board, only to have them tackle such well-tread ground. Still, HBO has had a fantastic track record lately, so if they believe in this project, I'm certainly willing to give it a shot.