J.J. Abrams is teaming up with Christopher Nolan’s slightly less-famous brother Jonathan to make a big-budget TV adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi thriller Westworld for HBO. Intrigued?
The series order is being described is one of the biggest ever for the network, which is saying a lot when you’re talking about a channel that kicks in millions to make Game of Thrones one of the most gorgeous series on television.
The near-future story focuses on androids, artificial intelligence and sci-fi gunslinging — which could be positively epic when combined with HBO's high standard and loose censors.
Abrams is best-known for his myriad sci-fi series, from Lost, to Revolution and several more in-between. Nolan also brings a stellar pedigree, most notably his work with his director brother on The Dark Knight trilogy. He also produces CBS’s hit sci-fi procedural Person of Interest. Nolan is attached to direct the pilot, and both he and Abrams will stay on to produce the series if it is picked up.
This isn’t the first time someone has tried to revamp Westworld (See: the brief 1980 series Beyond Westworld), but its easily the most well-connected.
Are you looking forward to a Westworld reboot, or do you wish they’d just leave this sci-fi classic along?