HBO just released a thirty-second teaser for their series-length remake of the 1973 Michael Crichton film. In the original Yul Brynner vehicle, amusement park robots malfunction and kill tourists after a power surge. HBO describes Westworld as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."

Based on that quote and the teaser, we're inclined to believe the series might be a more nuanced take on artificial intelligence, and focus almost exclusively on the androids and not the patrons who pay to visit Westworld.

Westworld will premiere on HBO in 2016.


Facts about: Westworld (1973)

 The Gunslinger’s appearance is based on Chris Adams, Brynner’s character from The Magnificent Seven

 Crichton reused plot elements from Westworld such as central power being crippled by a power surge and an out-of-control amusement park in his best-selling novel Jurassic Park.

 This isn’t the first time that Westworld has been adapted for television. In 1980, CBS attempted to do so with Beyond Westworld (which expanded on Westworld and its sequel Futureworld). It was cancelled after five episodes due to poor ratings. 

 The Simspons referenced Westworld in their episode "Itchy & Scratchy Land."


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