Westworld, Michael Crichton’s vision of an adult theme park manned by robots, is one of the great science fiction movies of the 1970s. Even with the special effects of the day, the movie still manages to hold up. Yul Brenner’s portrayal of a robot sheriff with a taste for homicide is the thing of nightmares. With classic properties being relaunched all over the Hollywood landscape it shouldn’t be a shock that HBO is working on turning the film into a full series. With big names like J.J. Abrams attached to the project the future looks bright for the reboot.
In the HBO pilot, Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, described as “the brilliant, taciturn and complicated Creative Director, Chief Programmer and Chairman of the Board of Westworld; Ford has an uncompromising creative vision for the park—and unorthodox methods of achieving it.”
Westworld in the film is divided into three worlds; West, Medieval, and Roman. While most of the action occurs in the Wild West portion, the series will definitely touch on the other parts of the park. With an actor of Anthony Hopkins stature on board the show becomes even more intriguing. Could Westworld be the next fantasy breakout hit for HBO? All signs point to yes.