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Paramount Ranch, filming location for HBO's Westworld, will be rebuilt after Cali wildfire devastation

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Nov 18, 2018

Not too long ago, we reported a story on how the Paramount Ranch, a historic shooting location for many Western movies and TV shows (like HBO's Westworld), burned to the ground in California's Woolsey wildfire. Fortunately, you can't keep the Old West down—the Ranch will be entirely rebuilt over the next two years.

The restoration plan was revealed by David Szymanski, superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which oversees and maintains the now-destroyed land.

"The site is almost a total loss," he said. "It's easy to be somber. But there's some things that I'm hoping will allow us to be a little bit less somber. We'd like to get Paramount Ranch rebuilt in the next 24 months."

The Ranch had been utilized by the entertainment industry since Paramount purchased part of the land in the 1920s. After several ownership changes throughout decades, the location now belongs to the state's National Park Service. In addition to Westworld, the site has played host to such productions as The Cisco Kid and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

"We've all dreaded it, we've tried to prepare, but sometimes the wind just takes over," added Rory Skei, the chief deputy executive officer of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. "We do what we can do."

California is still feeling the effects of three separate wildfires (two in the south and one in the north) that have destroyed thousands of acres of land and driven hundreds of people—even celebrities—from their homes. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and 300 actor Gerard Butler were among those who lost their houses to the natural disaster.

Westworld will be receiving a third season from HBO, adding Aaron Paul to its ensemble cast and ensuring equal pay for all its actors.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)


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