In 1973 novelist Michael Crichton’s jumped from books to the big screen with Westworld. His film featured Yul Brynner as an unstoppable killing machine hunting Richard Benjamin and James Brolin in a Old West theme park. The film was not only written by Michael Crichton, but directed as well. The film today is a cult classic . A remake or reboot has long been discussed in Hollywood, now it seems that HBO is finally getting it done.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Anthony Hopkins will make is first foray into television by joining Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again, True Blood) for a TV adaptation of the the film. So will Hopkins play the android? No.
From EW: “In the HBO pilot, Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, described as ‘the brilliant, taciturn and complicated Creative Director, Chief Programmer and Chairman of the Board of Westworld; Ford has an uncompromising creative vision for the park—and unorthodox methods of achieving it.’ Wood plays Dolores Abernathy, “provincial, beautiful and kind. Dolores is the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West—who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.”
The series is only in the pilot stages right now. However, with Hopkins joining the show and executive producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk, and producer-director Jonathan Nolan behind the camera, we’ll see something ooner than later on Westworld.
Here is the trailer for the original 1973 film: