What is going on with Westworld? HBO ordered the sci-fi Western to series way back in 2014 for an original debut in 2015. That was then pushed into 2016 as production filmed several episodes. Following some eye-popping headlines about the series pushing its sexual content even further for the network, production was put on hold so that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy could catch up on the final four scripts. However, as more information is brought to light, it looks like there are much larger problems at hand — and not just with Westworld.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series premiere could be pushed into 2017. It’s not to say that this project is already squashed before it gets a chance at life, but this news comes at a time when Vinyl, HBO’s pricey project with Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, isn’t living up to all the money funneled into it, while Utopia may never get off the ground (at least not with David Fincher) and Casey Affleck’s Lewis and Clark miniseries began again from scratch.
The trade notes that HBO hasn’t had a wildly successful original series since Game of Thrones, which at this point feels like ages ago. Although, there seems to still be faith that Westworld could help reinvigorate their content offerings. The problem is that the network keeps diverting large amounts of funds into productions that often enough don’t pay off. While there isn’t too much information regarding the “why?” part of Westworld’s 2017 release push, perhaps HBO simply doesn’t want to rush the release if it’s clearly not ready.
Westworld, based on the 1973 book by Michael Crichton, is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and Evan Rachel Wood.