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Westworld, the movie set way in the future which we first heard rumblings for in 2013, has been given a full series order at Warner Bros. Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright are set to feature in the show, which is to be produced by J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan. The series will be based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 original set within a futuristic amusement park which sees it’s robots revolt.
CBS TV Studios and Yari Film Group are also looking to bring Neil Burger’s 2006 movie The Illusionist, which starred Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, to the small screen. The period set show will see it’s original movie-set location moved from Vienna to New York, and will revolve around a renowned magician who returns home after a decade in prison to find his wife married to the crime boss who framed him. »
- Paul Heath
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Jurassic Park is not only the greatest dinosaur film of all time, it’s one of the best films Spielberg has ever directed. Not only did the film resurrect (fictionally only, unfortunately) an extinct race of giant reptiles for the silver screen, it also bolstered an already amazing premise – borrowed from Michael Crichton’s novel – with a cast of actors that performed their characters with the utmost care and attention. From Wayne Knight’s performance as the oafish programmer of the park’s security systems to Richard Attenborough’s almost godlike presence as the park’s owner and creator: John Hammond – there’s little wonder why Jurassic Park is considered an outright classic in its own right.
But the real stars of the show were the dinosaurs, and while there was only 15 minutes of screen time for the prehistoric beasts, that made them no less prominent or memorable within the film. »
- Joe Pring
A year ago this week it was announced that Jonathan Nolan will act as showrunner and writer alongside Lisa Joy on a new HBO series based on Michael Crichton’s book and cult classic film Westworld. Busiest man in the world J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot cohorts Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub will also produce the new series. Variety reported that the HBO rendition of Westworld is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Something must have happened to Crichton at a theme park in his youth because Westworld is his first of two theme park disaster stories, the second being Jurassic Park. Westworld is the story of a Disney World-like park with multiple themed sections inhabited by lifelike androids that allow guests to act out their wildest fantasies. Of course there is a malfunction and the robots go rogue. »
- Max Molinaro
The sheer amount of talent attached to the Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy-scripted project is astonishing - Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Miranda Otto, and Rodrigo Santoro and more have all signed onboard.
So what is it about this story of adult amusement park populated by lifelike robots that's not just drawing them in but getting them to sign multiyear deals? The Live Feed may have found one answer.
According to their sources, the androids in the film can be killed off and return with completely different personas. As a result, actors are allowed to play many characters in the same season.
- Garth Franklin
A group of scientists finds a mysterious alien "sphere" inside a space craft that appears to have been lying on the Pacific Ocean floor for more than 300 years. Descending to the depths, the team - including Dustin Hoffman's shrink, psychologist Sharon Stone and Samuel L Jackson's maths wiz - realise they are dicing with death. Hoffman's Rain Man director Barry Levinson oversees the mystery, based on the Michael Crichton novel. »
This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. HBO's Westworld is building an A-list ensemble cast — despite the fact that most of the actors will play robots. Actually, that's the allure. Based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the pilot stars Anthony Hopkins in his first series-regular role as an inventor who runs an adult amusement park populated by lifelike robots. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter these androids — played by castmembers including James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton — can be
- Lesley Goldberg
Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), Jurassic World is the fourth installment of the popular film franchise that originated with Steven Spielberg's 1993 film sci-fi actioner Jurassic Park based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park as originally envisioned by John Hammond, owned and operated by the Patel Corporation. After many years, Jurassic World's attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction created to re-spark customers' interest gravely backfires, drawing members of the park's staff -- including Owen (Chris »
- Pietro Filipponi
To those who know their whole history, it may seem surprising that there was never any bad blood between Steven Spielberg and the late Richard Attenborough — unless you want to count the prehistoric kind drawn from those amber-encased mosquitos in Jurassic Park, the one big project they made together.
The two filmmakers, separated in age by more than a generation, were rivals who became collaborators and eventually friends. When Attenborough died at age 90 on Sunday, he left behind a legacy as an actor, director, and philanthropist — but the story of his relationship with Spielberg is evidence of another defining trait: gentleman. »
- Anthony Breznican
Richard Attenborough, who was honored for his helming and production of the 1982 Oscar best picture “Gandhi” but was best known to American audiences for his role in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” and its first sequel as park creator John Hammond, died on Sunday, his son tells BBC News. He was 90.
The stocky British filmmaker was awarded a life peerage by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for his stage work and for his efforts behind and in front of the camera to promote British cinema.
While Attenborough had been a prominent character actor in his native country since the early 1940s, he also achieved much as a producer, motion picture executive and cultural impresario. At various times he was chairman of the British Film Institute, Channel 4, Goldcrest Films, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Capital Radio and a director of the Young Vic and the British Film Institute. In the late ’70s, »
- Carmel Dagan
As the summer winds to a close, I tend to look back at some of the activities I’ve done with my kids. Living in Ohio, I have access to one of the best zoos in the country, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. However, after a couple visits, it gets tiresome of looking at the same animals over and over again. Thanks to the heartbreaking documentary Blackfish, it’s not cool to visit Sea World any more (and the old Sea World of Ohio location fled the state for warmer temperatures years ago). Without these options, there are few opportunities to look at new and interesting animals. Having recently watched Jurassic Park, I found myself wishing there was a real-life dinosaur park where I could take the kids. Of course, it should be humanely run and not include any velociraptors running amok due to a greedy programmer shutting down park security. I »
- Kevin Carr
Fans of HBO should be happy to know that Westworld‘s cast is growing. Over the weekend Miranda Otto was announced and confirmed. She will play the role of a ruthless quality assurance department head named Virginia Pittman. The series is based on a film by the great, late writer Michael Crichton. The series will follow the lives of people living in a fake “reality” with a future promising nothing more than sin. Miranda will be joining the likes of James Marsden, Thadie Newton, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood.
HBO is shameless in trying to win over big names and stars. The network is trying to stay on top as other movie networks catch on. Westworld will easily keep them on top, but they are working hard to lock that spot in. So far they have only announced the cast and producing/directing teams. The show will likely premier »
- Sarah Peel
The delightful Thandie Newton ('Crash') is the latest addition to the outstanding cast of HBO's new adaptation of Michael Crichton's 'Westworld'. Newton, who currently stars in DirecTV's detective series 'Rogue', is set to play Maeve Millay, a 'beautiful and razor-sharp woman with a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.' Interestingly enough 'Rogue' was renewed very recently so should we assume that Newton's part in 'Westworld' won't be a major role but possibly just a brief episode arc? Either that or the gorgeous 41-year old star (below) is upping her workload...You go girl! Newton joins Anthony Hopkins ('Silence of the Lambs'), Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden ('X-Men: Days of Future Past'), Jeffrey Wright ('Source Code')and more. »
The Rake actress has joined the sprawling cast of HBO’s sci-fi pilot, which revolves around a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack the guests.
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Otto will play Virginia Pittman, the head of the park’s Quality Assurance department whose brutal honesty with her colleagues and her ruthless efficiency in dealing with malfunctioning “property” have made her a formidable and unpredictable power player in Westworld.
HBO is pulling out all the stops for Westworld. Rake and Lord of the Rings alum Miranda Otto has become the newest addition to the already impressive cast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 feature film, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Otto will play Virginia Pittman, the head of the quality assurance department whose brutal honesty with her colleagues and ruthless efficiency in dealing with malfunctioning "property" have made her a formidable and unpredictable power player in Westworld. She joins a rapidly
- Lesley Goldberg
Thandie Newton has joined Jeffrey Wright in the ensemble cast of HBO's "Westworld," which is inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, and is described as a dark tale about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Anthony Hopkins stars as a Dr. Robert Ford, a brilliant engineer and chairman of the board of Westworld, a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park - who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park and means of realizing that vision. Also in the cast are Evan Rachel Wood, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman. Newton will play »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fans of HBO and Thadie Newton will be happy to know she is an official cast member on a series for it. It has been confirmed that she is joining major drama and big named star filled Westworld. She will play a big cheese at a brothel in the series named Maeve Millay. Her character will be witty, smart and sassy like you would expect a very important madame. This news comes at the heels of her current show Rogue being renewed, which could throw her off course if Westworld is picked up.
The upcoming series has become a major subject among the entertainment world. HBO has been doing itself some serious good by landing big names for the show. With the likes of Anthony Hopkins and others, they are proving their network to be more than a sexy one. Maybe they can repair their image with Westworld if they »
- Sarah Peel
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, the drama takes place at a high-tech amusement park filled with humanistic androids. The Crash alum will play Maeve Millay, Westworld’s razor-sharp madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.
Newton joins the previously cast Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Ed Harris. The pilot was written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who will executive-produce with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Jerry Weintraub. »
- Natalie Abrams
Newton will play the eautiful and razor-sharp Maeve Millay, who is a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.
The pilot, from Bad Robot and Warner Brothers Television, was co-written by “Person of Interest” creator Jonathan Nolan and “Pushing Daisies” and “Burn Notice” scribe Lisa Joy, with Nolan set to direct. The project, set at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park, is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Newton currently stars in “Rogue” on the Audience Network, which was recently picked up for a third season. »
- Kevin Noonan
Thandie Newton has signed on to play the madame of “Westworld.” The “Crash” actress is joining the HBO drama pilot based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film about an amusement park gone mad. Newton will play the beautifully and brilliant Maeve Millay, who has a special gift for reading people and staying alive. Also read: Ed Harris to Play Ultimate Villain on HBO's ‘Westworld’ Her seen-it-all-before worldview will be thoroughly challenged on the pilot, about the dawn of artificial consciousness. Anthony Hopkins leads a cast that also includes Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ptolemy Slocum, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, »
- Tim Molloy
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