HBO halts production on J.J. Abrams' Westworld series, still hopeful for 2016 debut

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Nov 20, 2019, 6:51 PM EST (Updated)

We may have to wait a bit longer than expected for HBO’s Westworld, as the network has halted production on the ambitious sci-fi series to give the writers some additional time to put the final scripts together.

Variety reports that production has shut down for two months, in an effort to let producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy “catch up” on the final four scripts for the show. Production was originally set to wrap in November, but now it’s tentative scheduled to resume in March. In a statement, HBO said they made the decision to “take a brief hiatus” to “get ahead” of the writing. Despite the delay, the network says it still plans to (hopefully) get the show on the air by mid-to-late 2016.

If not for the creative team behind this, which includes Nolan, Joy, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk, this could be a worrisome development. But it seems HBO is willing to admit the project needs some additional time to ferment, and they’re doing just that to (hopefully) get it right.

The project is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin" and stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton. The series is based on the cult-hit 1973 sci-fi western thriller of the same name, written and directed by author Michael Crichton. Put simply, the story is about a robotic amusement park where the attractions start killing visitors.

What do you think this means for the project?


(Via Variety)