HBO is bringing Michael Crichton’s Westworld to the small screen next year, with an adaptation of the classic 1973 sci-fi thriller about an Old West amusement park and its robotic staff. Details on the series have been closely guarded, but earlier tonight viewers were given a glimpse at what to expect from the project.
The Westworld teaser trailer debuted prior to the season finale of True Detective. Check it out below.
Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” Westworld will be a one-hour drama with a stellar cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright.
Hopkins will portray Dr. Robert Ford, the creative director of the Westworld amusement park, while Jeffrey Wright will be the park’s chief programmer, Bernard Lowe. The series will be produced by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy, and based on comments Nolan made earlier this year at Comic-Con, events may happen for a different reason this time around.
In the original 1973 film, a malfunction caused the androids in the park to begin running amok and wreaking havoc on the guests – and while we can certainly expect a similar scenario to play out here, Nolan told fans at Comic-Con that he had become “obsessed” with the subject of artificial intelligence while working on Person of Interest, and “decided to do a whole show about it.”
So perhaps it’s not a programming glitch that causes things to go wrong this time – instead, could we see the machines become self-aware and decide to take control of the park? It’s hard to tell, based on this brief clip, but that definitely sounds plausible, based on Nolan’s remarks. Hopefully we’ll be learning more about Westworld in the weeks to come.
Westworld will debut on HBO in 2016.