Whether it be True Detective or its successful comedies (Veep, Silicon Valley), HBO has established itself as the king of television. They are on the breaking point of pop culture domination when it comes to their wildly popular fantasy epic, Game of Thrones. But alas, with 10-episode seasons, HBO cannot rely on Game of Thrones year-round, but that is not stopping them from producing what looks to be TV-lovers next obsession: Westworld.
Based on the 1973 movie of the same name, Westworld tells the story of a futuristic world. This is a world in which artificial intelligence is being perfected and implemented in a theme park where individuals can live out their dreams (or darkest desires). The big hook of Westworld is it is sci-fi meets western, with some HBO maturity thrown into the blender as well. The other big hook of Westworld is that is looks immaculately produced. Check out the trailer below:
‘Westworld’ Looks To Be Next Hit for HBO
Starring some of the best talent working (in either Film or Television), Westworld looks to be must-watch TV and will hopefully fill our Game of Thrones void. Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson and Sir Anthony Thompson all have main roles in the show, with many (many) more filling out the stellar cast. It is productions like this that truly blur the line between film and television, this is no longer the time where the film industry has the monopoly on top-tier talent.
Speaking of talent, the people behind the camera are just as talented as those in front of it. Though J.J. Abrams is an Executive Producer, it is really hard to tell how much clout his name carries when it comes to television producing (through his career was defined by groundbreaking TV like Lost and Alias, he’s too busy creating the biggest blockbuster of last year to give major attention to the 7-8 shows he is “executively producing”). The main creators and showrunners of Westworld should have everybody excited. Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies, the upcoming Battlestar Galactica film) and Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, Person of Interest) created the show and will be overseeing production from week to week, and that is extremely promising.
Whether it be the acting, the producing, or just the fact that it is on HBO, Westworld looks simply amazing. The show will premiere on October 2, 2016. What say you guys? Are you excited for a new futuristic western? Can anything fill the void that Game of Thrones leaves during the off season? Let us know in the comments below!