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HBO Orders J.J. Abrams Produced Westworld Series Pilot

And another ’70s cult classic film is getting the television series revival treatment as HBO has raised a pilot order for a remake of 1973’s Westworld with The Dark Knight scribe Jonathan Nolan directing, and co-writing together with Pushing Daisies’ Lisa Joy, under the executive production of Bad Robot partners J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The original film, written and directed by Michael Crichton, starred Yul Brynner as an android in a futuristic Wild West theme park.

This isn‘t Nolan first foray into the world of television as he is currently acting showrunner on CBS’ series Person of Interest, which he also helmed for one episode.

So far it all sounds like a great high-profile project to look forward to but you know all too well how hard it is for projects to get picked up based on the cast and crew alone so we’ll have to wait to see if the finished pilot can compete against the ever-growing list of new series hitting the small screen. Given the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones a new high-profile science-fiction show like Westworld would certainly hit the mark.

We’ll leave you with the trailer for the original movie which looks to prove that Christian Bale indeed time travels (0.12 seconds in):


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