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The Vacation of the Future, Today: HBO Orders Pilot For WESTWORLD Series

by on August 30, 2013

westworldposterA TV series version of Westworld, the Western-theme-park-robot-gone-bad Yul Brynner/James Brolin/Richard Benjamin-starring, Michael Crichton-written classic? You up for that?

What if J.J. Abrams was involved? And Jonathan Nolan, bro of Christopher and showrunner of Person of Interest? And HBO?

Yup, HBO, according to Variety, has given Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television the green light to produce a pilot for a TV version of the 1973 movie, with Nolan co-writing and directing the pilot. Apparently, Jerry Weintraub’s been shopping a feature remake for years, including one attempt with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but only now is it moving forward. (Yes, I remember that there was another TV series based on Westworld, but Beyond Westworld doesn’t really count — it was barely on (five episodes, only three aired) and that was 33 years ago. And let’s skip Futureworld, if it’s all the same to you.)

And, huh, interesting. As someone who remembers the original fondly from his youth (old!), that movie creeped me out (in a good way), and instilled in me a healthy suspicion of all theme parks. I’d normally be suspicious of a remake, too, especially since Yul Brynner was so memorable as the rogue gunslinging robot, but it’s HBO, and I’ll trust that Abrams and Nolan will do right, even if we can’t avoid making lens flare references in the interim.

Do you remember the original? (If not, go watch it!) Are you interested in the TV remake? Comments, please.