Adaptation of the Clever and Entertaining 1973 Sci-Fi Movie 'Westworld' Has Pilot Production Commitment From HBO, with Quite a Pedigree Behind the Camera: J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Jonathan Nolan Deadline.com
"In one of the biggest commitments ever for HBO, the pay cable network has nabbed 'Westworld,' a drama series inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie," writes Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
The story continues, "The project, from J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, 'Person Of Interest' creator Jonathan Nolan, producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros TV, has received a pilot production commitment."
Nolan is the brother of Christopher Nolan and together they co-wrote "The Dark Knight" and other projects. Jonathan also wrote the short-story that is the basis of one of his brother's best movies, "Memento."
The article also says that "written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy ('Burn Notice'), the new 'Westworld' is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Jonathan Nolan is set to direct the pilot."
The article adds, "This marks the second series inspired by 'Westworld,' which starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin and introduced new digital visual techniques.The first, the short-lived 1980 drama 'Beyond Westworld,' was a continuation of both 'Westworld' and its movie sequel 'Futureworld.' "