HBO Orders WESTWORLD Remake Pilot from J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan

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HBO has given a pilot order for a remake of the 1973 cult classic sci-fi thriller Westworld, and it comes with some pretty impressive behind-the-scenes talent.  J.J. Abrams will executive produce the pilot alongside his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk, and The Dark Knight scribe Jonathan Nolan will co-write and direct the pilot.  The original film was written and directed by author Michael Crichton and starred Yul Brynner as an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park.  Per Variety, the HBO iteration of the story is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

Nolan, who currently acts as showrunner on the CBS series Person of Interest, will mark his second time directing with Westworld, as he previously helmed an episode of the CBS series.  He was previously rumored to be in contention to direct Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel, produced by his brother Christopher Nolan, but that job eventually went to Zack Snyder.  Hit the jump for more on the potential Westworld series.

Variety reports that Nolan is also acting as executive producer on HBO’s Westworld pilot, as is Jerry Weintraub, who produced the Ocean’s trilogy and Steven Soderbergh’s HBO film Behind the Candelabra.  Joining him as co-writer on Westworld will be Pushing Dasies alum Lisa Joy.

While this Westworld pilot certainly comes with an impressive pedigree, we’ve learned in the past that a talented crew doesn’t necessarily guarantee a greenlight to series from HBO.  Noah Baumbach shot a pilot for The Corrections with Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Greta Gerwig that the network ultimately passed on.  That being said, a high-profile sci-fi project like Westworld would certainly fit in nicely alongside HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Watch the trailer for the original movie below.


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  • Baby Jean

    JJ, you must have clones. How do you have time for all of these productions ?

    • Strong Enough

      exec producing requires just sitting in meetings and talking story then out. they really don’t do anything

      • Baby Jean

        I see, thx.

  • Agent777

    Just bring back Deadwood.

    • LEM

      I wish.

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  • smellyfishfingers

    Cool take could b it starts set in wild west but u dont know whos on vacation and whos a cyborg but as u progress u do….or do u? Is anyone or vacation ahhhh no a polar bear!!! (dramatic music) dum dum dum

  • sith lord

    JJ really love sci fi aren’t he. I mean no one make more successful sci fi shows than him. Lost, alias, fringe, person of interets, almost human and now this.

    • dark wing duck

      sci fi hack jobs you mean

  • LEM

    How is that supposed to work as a series though?

    Here’s a cool fake trailer for a remake

  • Raptor Jesus

    So they are robots… but they look JUST LIKE people! Wow! Crazy! How do they EVER THINK THIS STUFF UP!

  • jj is a complete hack

    further proof that jj abrahms is a hack and has no originality at all. His star trek remakes are shit and his star wars will be shit. Remake hack that JJ is.

    • Zarles

      Mom says the meatloaf is ready. Better get upstairs.

      • jj is a complete hack

        I bought my own house(s) dumbass.

        My wife says you are a fag and a jew, get away from me, now, or I will…….cut you.

      • jj is a complete hack

        I bought my own house(s) dumbass.

        My wife says you are a fag and a jew, get away from me, now, or I will…….cut you.

  • pinkincide

    Metric tons of fembot sex coming up.

  • Nico

    With TV’s special effects (better then the old movie’s, back then) it could be a hoot. I’m looking forward to this.

  • Harry Palm

    Why? “Westworld” is horrible. The whole movie falls apart when you ask the simple question “Why the hell did they give robots guns with real bullets in them?”

  • same jazz

    JJ clearly is NO talent. He is a talentless hack, no originality at all.

  • John Fefel

    Enough with the remakes and pretentious sequels. There are so many good sci-fi novels that seem perfectly suited for for the big screen or HBO and Showtime. How about a pilot or movie based on Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s “A Canticle For Leibowitz”; too thought provoking perhaps?

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