It’s arriving a bit later than expected, but HBO is adamant its ambitious Westworld series will hit the small screen by the end of this year. So what can we actually expect?
While speaking at the Westerns: Then and Now panel at ATX TV Fest in Austin, writers/executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy talked about the show’s development and showed off some fresh footage (plus a very interesting sizzle reel). Nolan said they were initially overwhelmed at the idea, but credited Game of Thrones as a proof of concept they could actually “pull this off.”
Here’s an excerpt from his comments about the challenges of the material via Deadline:
“In the finale, it is about this contrast between artificial life that our characters are living. Our show is about the robots who don’t realize that they are in a fake western. They think they are in a real western. So the actors are trying to figure out what that’s like and then they realize, wait, this is f***ing like [actors]!”
A sizzle reel for the show (created with footage from other shows to set the tone) used clips from Justified and Hell On Wheels, which certainly seems to show they’re committed to the western angle, just as much (if not more) than the sci-fi thriller undertones. Sadly, the reel was only shown at the fest.
HBO says Westworld will finally arrive this fall, official date still pending.