HBO has placed a series order for a high-profile science-fiction project with Hollywood A-listers on board both in front of and behind the cameras. The pay-cable channel ordered the remake of Michael Crichton’s 1973 science-fiction thriller “Westworld” to series, the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports.
“Set in a futuristic amusement park — the type of locale Crichton mined again in ‘Jurassic Park’ — the film featured a robotic Wild West gunman, played by Yul Brynner, whose programming goes wonky, causing him to attack the guests,” the story notes.
The new TV version is co-written and executive produced by Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the film “Interstellar” with his brother, Christopher Nolan, and also created the CBS drama “Person of Interest.” Lisa Joy is also co-writing and executive producing, the report notes.
Executive producers also include J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub, while the project’s cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and Miranda Otto.
Poster for the original 1973 “Westworld”