Although mum’s the word for any details concerning this HBO’s Westworld, producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy teased their television adaptation of Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton’s original screenplay.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Joy described the scope of the series as “a bunch of movies that we were thinking about writing and shoved it all into this TV series.” Nolan added, “What you feel in the film is there’s this larger world that [Crichton] barely has time to explore.”
The producers also remarked upon Crichton’s uncanny knack for speculative fiction. “He describes the concept of the computer virus,” Nolan said. “When they were shooting the film it was the same year, or the year before, the appearance of the first actual computer virus.”
Joy went on to explain part of the series’ hook would be that “the kind of science that we’re talking about has become closer to ‘science’ than it is to the ‘fiction’ part of ‘science fiction’ … I actually think we’re in a moment now where these questions are close in the real world.”
Nolan teased that the way the park functions and the distinguishing factors between the humans and android were “questions that we want the audience to be asking.”
Further, Joy commented on the juncture of science fiction and Old West where the series will take place: “I think the clash of those two worlds together is what is especially exciting, especially right now when I feel like we’re at a similar precipice where we’re on the razor’s edge between time, between eras, and you feel like something new is coming. You don’t know exactly what it will be, but you feel it kind of looming.”
About their oath of secrecy, Nolan said, “Our commitment is preserving the old-fashioned audience experience. [We want you to] come in knowing as little as possible.”
The series, which is scheduled for release sometime this year, is produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk, and will star Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright.
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