Apparently Warner Brothers is remaking Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie “Westworld” and no one bothered to tell me about it. Dammit people, keep me informed! In any case, Sci Fi Wire has an interview with the remake’s writer, Billy Ray, who says he will write, but not direct the movie. Ray also revealed that WB had approached Michael Crichton to redo his own movie a few years ago, but Crichton replied (and this is why I’m loving this guy): “I already remade that movie; the remake was called Jurassic Park.” He-yo!
Michael Crichton wrote and directed the original film, which was released in 1973 and starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin. The futuristic drama cast Benjamin and Brolin as visitors to an amusement park where visitors can play out entertainment fantasies with the help of virtual reality and robots. The trouble starts when the robots begin to fight back.
My favorite part of “Westworld” was the notion that guys were paying money to get laid by robot prostitutes. I mean, wouldn’t your money be better spent on real high-priced call girls, guys?