We all know that HBO has a huge hit with an epic series like no other with Game of Thrones, but that show will soon be gone after two more seasons, but there is already a sibling show known as Westworld. Yes, this is based on an idea from champion science fiction grandmaster Michael Crichton, a film in 1973 about robot cowboys that go nuts at a western-themed adult amusement park. Since this is a remake and for HBO, there is going to be more mature themes going on, not to mention content. This is what is known about is known about HBO's Westworld with its release date, new trailer, cast, and what to expect.
When we reported on this show before, we talked about how the actors are getting some weird X-rated clauses in their contracts. The reason why is actually related to the story, as Quartz reports that this is an adult theme park where these robots much fulfill the desire of anyone who visits this western land. It is pretty obvious that some visitors have some dark obsessions.
Unlike the original source material, it looks like the robots in this particular version of Westworld are less metal and more organic. So much so, these robots don't even know that they aren't human. From what it looks like the androids are starting to realize that they are no more than slaves, and they don't like it.
The show is full of big names with Anthony Hopkins, who plays Dr. Robert Ford, the man who is in charge of the amusement park. He looks like a character has been done before with Hammond from Jurassic Park, and he has comeuppance written all over his smug British face.
Ed Harris, a veteran actor of several big films, will be playing the "Man in Black", who is leading this robot revolution. I am not certain if he is supposed to be human or robot, but I guess when you are self-aware, does it matter? Evan Rachel Wood plays Delores Abernathy, a robot that becomes so self-aware that she's about to get all Blade Runner on the park visitors. See if you can figure out what happens next.
Yes, HBO's Westworld has a whole lot of potential. You can watch the new trailer, and you can see that most of the action takes place within this western amusement park, and there is going to be a lot of stories going on there in Season 1. It's not like artificial life that questions its own existence hasn't been done before, and it is actually starting to become science fact rather than fodder from science fiction.
What I want to know is what is the world outside of Westworld, or Beyond Westworld, if you will. Actually, there was a series called Beyond Westworld on television, but I am talking about a society that wants a romanticized western locale with robots that obey the tourists' every whims.
Westworld will be coming to HBO on October 2.