Once again Entertainment Weekly nailed down a first look at an upcoming property that we’re excited about. On tap right now we have the first look at Ed Harris in the HBO series “Westworld.”
The site also spoke with producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy about what we can expect from the series:
“[JJ Abrams] called us last summer and explained that he wanted to figure out how Westworld could be remade. In that usual Michael Crichton fashion, he never wrote anything that was just a film — there was always a massive world behind it that could be mined. Lisa and I thought about it a little bit and came to the realization this had literally everything that we’re interested in in one series. We couldn’t say no.”
Harris stars alongside Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Eddie Rouse (Pandorum, American Gangster), Demetrius Grosse (“Justified”), Kyle Bornheimer (She’s Out of My League, Bachelorette), Currie Graham (“Murder in the First”), Lena Georgas (“Ray Donovan”), Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V), Timothy Lee DePriest, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.
Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1977 film of the same name, the project, which hails from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films, is billed as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. “Person of Interest’s” Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-EP, and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-EP and line producer with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer.