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HBO is prepping to go into production on their adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 film, Westworld. J.J. Abrams is producing the series, and the pilot episode is being co-written and directed by Jonathan Nolan. The cable network has also just cast Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in the new series. The thriller is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Hopkins is set to 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." As for Wood, she will take on the role of 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 fact that they got Hopkins is fantastic! »
- Joey Paur
HBO continues to try to build its base of prestige-magnet original programming, with the latest project of interest being Westworld, a TV reboot of the 1973 sci-fi movie starring Yul Brynner, which was written and directed by the late Michael Crichton.
For those unfamiliar, the story involves a futuristic adult-themed amusement park in which people can live out fantasies using robot actors – robots who eventually become sentient and run amok, causing havoc. Fans who don’t remember the original Westworld probably remember The Simpsons episode “Itchy & Scratchy Land” (S6E4), which was based on the film.
- Kofi Outlaw
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will star in the pilot episode of Westworld, based on the 1973 movie starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin. J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan are serving as executive producers for the proposed HBO series. Nolan, who has cowritten The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with his brother, director Christopher Nolan, also created the successful TV show Person of Interest. He has written the script for the Westworld pilot with his wife, Lisa Joy, herself a TV veteran (Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice) and will direct the episode. Novelist Michael Crichton made his feature film debut as a writer and director with the original movie, which was set in an elaborate theme park for adults that featured three...
- Peter Martin
The Sci-fi drama series would be the adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name and it is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
The crew would include Abrams as the executive producer alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. Jonathan Nolan, who co- wrote the pilot, would also be the executive producer and director, while, Lisa. »
- Ketali Mehta
Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are to star in new HBO sci-fi drama 'Westworld'. The Hollywood legend and 'True Blood' actress have been cast in the ambitious TV show which is based on Michael Crichton's 1973 movie of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The TV adaptation also has top pedigree behind the scenes as it will be produced by J.J. Abrams through his Bad Robot production company and 'The Dark Knight' co-writer Jonathan Nolan. 'Westworld', like its film inspiration, will centre on a futuristic amusement park filled with androids and is billed as ''a dark odyssey about the »
HBO, the Us TV network behind The Sopranos, Girls and True Detective, is to remake 70s sci-fi thriller Westworld with a host of blue-chip talent: Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will take starring roles, and Jj Abrams will produce.
Westworld, set in the near future, imagines a theme park that recreates the Wild West, complete with artificially intelligent cowboys that visitors can shoot and kill, as well as pliant robots who agree to sexual encounters. A malfunction spreads through the robots, causing them to turn violently against the park's human visitors with a robot gunslinger played by Yul Brynner most lethal of all. Released in 1973, it was directed by Michael Crichton, and was an early adopter of CGI.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
HBO cannot stop churning out new shows. Their newest project is called Westworld is a new series that was picked up with by the pilot. It is based upon Michael Crichton’s film of the same title. Now HBO is announcing who has become attached to it, beyond J.J. Abrams and the rest of the crew. Anthony Hopkins will be coming back to the small screen for the show as Dr. Robert Ford, along with Evan Rachel Wood‘s Dolores Abernathy. The series will cover the fate of sinners and a fake level reality.
The series was promised a pilot almost a year ago back in August. Now the ball is picking up speed as HBO is seeking a new rash of series. Evan and Anthony must be excited to see how it turns out, especially since this will be his first big TV role. We are sure Evan can offer Anthony some good advice. »
- Sarah Peel
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are taking their talents to premium cable. The pair signed to star in ”Westworld,” J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub‘s forthcoming HBO pilot based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film, TheWrap has confirmed. Also read: J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub ‘Westworld’ Adaptation Ordered by HBO The original film, which starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin, was based around deadly robots at a Wild West-themed amusement park. In the series Hopkins is set to star as Dr. Robert Ford, the theme park's unconventional creative director, while Wood will co-star as a farm girl named Dolores Abernathy, »
- Travis Reilly
Beloved and old-school robots-take-over-an-amusement-park Michael Crichton sci-fi Westworld was successful enough to spawn a sequel, Futureworld, and a TV show, but since its '70s heyday, there's not been too much chatter about bringing the engaging idea back to either the big or small screen - but all this has changed with the news that HBO and Jonah Nolan (co-writing with wife Lisa Joy) are finally making it happen, with killer acting talent in the form of Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden already lined up to star, as revealed by FilmDivider.com. Exec producing are J.J. Abrams - how does he find the time? - and Jerry Weintraub.Entertainment Weekly has further details, adding that Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, a "brilliant, taciturn and complicated Creative Director, Chief Programmer and Chairman of the Board of Westworld," who has been described as having an "uncompromising creative vision »
We told you about HBO's pilot commitment for a series adaptation of Westworld, a 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton, back in August of 2013, but now that "True Blood" is getting set to hit the bricks, things are really picking up steam.
THR reports that Anthony Hopkins (pictured) and Evan Rachel Wood are heading West for HBO and J.J. Abrams. The pair has been tapped to star in the premium cable network's Abrams-produced "Westworld" adaptation, which has been formally picked up to pilot.
The show is being billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. "Person of Interest's" Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-ep and »
- Steve Barton
It was nearly a year ago that news broke that Bad Robot has plans to live up to its name with J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan set to team with Warner Bros. Television for a small screen adaptation of Michael Crichton's "Westword" on HBO. Today, Deadline reveals that the pilot has attracted some impressive talent and that both Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will star. James Marsden is also said to be in talks, but has not yet been confirmed. »
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are saddling up for "Westworld." The Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs" actor has signed on to star in HBO's TV adaptation of the 1973 sci-fi film, effectively taking on his first (prospective) series regular role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Joining him is "Charlie Countryman" star Evan Rachel Wood, who previously collaborated with the network on both "True Blood" and the 2011 miniseries "Mildred Pierce." Described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the J.J. Abrams-produced series was "inspired by" the original film, which centered on a futuristic theme park that gave wealthy adults the opportunity to live out their Wild West fantasies (or any fantasies, really) with the help of artificially-intelligent robots. Hopkins will star in the pilot as Dr. Robert Ford, the "brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board »
- Chris Eggertsen
TV's the place to be! That's what award-winning movie actors are starting to learn thanks to the critical and financial success of shows like HBO's Game of Thrones and True Detective. The cable network's latest series adaptation tackles Westworld, writer-director Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie that starred Yul Brynner as a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park. While HBO could certainly have gone bonkers with a premise like that, their first casting announcements come with some gravitas. Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe-nominated Evan Rachel Wood have been locked in as series leads. Hit the jump for more. As Film Divider reports, Hopkins and Rachel Wood will star in HBO's Westworld, which now has a green light for its pilot. Developed by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, with writer Lisa Joy Nolan and producer Jerry Weintraub also involved, this new version of Westworld is described as »
- Dave Trumbore
The Silence of the Lambs star’s potential first series regular TV gig will have him playing the man in charge of a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack park guests, EW.com reports.
The casting will mark the first potential regular TV gig for the acclaimed Silence of the Lambs and Thor actor, and continues the trend of Academy Award winners taking small-screen roles. He will be joined in the project by actress Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again, True Blood).
No, Hopkins is not playing “the Yul Brynner role.” But the descriptions for both his character and Wood’s shed some insight into the secretive project’s storyline. »
- James Hibberd
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are heading West for HBO and J.J. Abrams. The Silence of the Lambs Oscar winner has been tapped to star in the premium cable network's Abrams-produced Westworld adaptation, which has been formally picked up to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Wood set to co-star. Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. Person of Interest's
- Lesley Goldberg
Trains in cinema have always made for an excitable source within the realm of the comedy, drama, mystery or suspense pertaining to the plot of a particular film. The setting for the featured trains as the driving force of entertainment serves as the heart and soul of the action for the most part.
In some cases using trains as a last minute symbolic theme for a film can generate great impact that thrives and questions the motives and urgency of the characters and storyline (i.e. the climax scene in The Defiant Ones where the salt-and-pepper escaped convicts Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier try and make a desperate dash for permanent freedom on a speeding train en route to permanent freedom). Perhaps a train could also add an extra element of action-packed excitement in a film’s conclusive ending such as the uncontrollable commuter train in Speed?
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- Frank Ochieng
Update: Deadline has confirmed that Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will star in HBO's Westworld for producers J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan. Nolan will direct from a script he wrote with Lisa Joy. It has been a few years since we last heard about the remake of Westworld from producer J.J. Abrams, but it looks like the project may be revving up again. Abrams has been eying the remake of Michael Crichton's science fiction western that starred Yul Brynner as an HBO mini-series and »
- Alex Maidy
There is, as they say, nothing new under the sun. But that doesn’t mean that things can’t change. Many an eye may have rolled at the thought of J.J. Abrams creating a TV show from the concept of Westworld, but let’s not rush to judgement. It is beginning to sound as though a fresh set of eyes – those talented Abrams eyes, specifically – might just deliver a re-imagining beyond our wildest dreams.
The original Westworld movie was written and directed by Michael Crichton in 1973, and featured a western-themed amusement park, operated by humanoid robots that malfunction, and get out of hand. It was hugely successful, and in 1980, Crichton created a TV show based on the same concept – but it only ran for 5 episodes.
- Sarah Myles
Having made such an impression on cinema back in 1973, Michael Crichton’s Westworld was surely due for the reboot/remake/refresh treatment back on the big screen. However, no-one has really come close to making a new version into a reality. Then, last year, HBO announced that J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII, Star Trek) and Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Person of Interest) had signed on to produce a pilot/movie for the cable network, with Nolan writing and directing.
Now, it seems that the network has zoned in on some of the talent they want to star in the project. Film Divider has report that offers have been made to Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March), James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) to come aboard the project.
The concept, says the site, “will be similar—set in a futuristic, »
- Scott Davis
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