Jonathan Nolan is Returning to Westworld in a New Series for HBO

Yul Brynner in Westworld (1973) Movie ImageIt looks like that long-awaited “Westworld” movie remake is done, with the producers now moving to launch a new original TV series based on the 1973 movie instead.

The most interesting part is that HBO is commissioning the show from Jonathan Nolan (little brother of Christopher, of Batman reboots fame) and his wife Lisa Joy. As with Nolan’s successful TV show “Person of Interests” (now entering its third season), this version of “Westworld” will feature producing credits by J.J. Abrams via Bad Robot.

Of course, like most shows that Abrams supposedly “produces” these days (he’s producing what, 55 shows on the air at the moment?), how much creativity he actually puts into the show is entirely unknown, but it sure makes selling the show easier, doesn’t it?

Nolan is expected to script the pilot episode with Joy, with Nolan also directing.

The show will, of course, be based on novelist Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, which he wrote and also directed, about a futuristic amusement park for tourists where your heart’s desire are supplied by robots, including, yes, for you pervs out there, robot hookers. In Westworld, though, a gunslinger (played by Yul Brynner) malfunctions and starts offing the tourists. Now that’s not going to look good on the brochures!

Nolan’s show, we’re told, will be a “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

But the gunslinger is in there, right? I mean, you can’t have “Westworld” without the gunslinger.

Via : Variety