The idea of Hollywood remakes is a staple of the industry, with old films getting a revamp or being adapted to television as part of a regular series. That’s the case with HBO’s announcement that they will be presenting an updated version of the 1973 science fiction film, Westworld.
The original film starred Yul Brynner as a life-like robot who begins searching for visitors to a futuristic amusement park after a malfunction creates havoc for the movie’s other two co-stars, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin. Made for $1.25 million by Michael Crichton, the film grossed $10 million during its time in theaters and has since become something of a cult classic.
HBO first announced plans to do the remake back in 2014 and is planning on premiering the program on October 2. It first gave a hint of what was to come when it released a trailer on the program in June. This version was created by the team of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
The cast has a number of notable names, chief among them Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins, who portrays the founder and chief programmer for the park, Dr. Robert Ford. Joining him will be Ed Harrism Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton.
One of the differences in this version will be the attempt to show the vast number of innovations in robotics that have taken place in the past 43 years. In addition, the surge in virtual reality concepts will also likely be explored.