The HBO series Westworld has temporarily stopped production for a time period of about two months, according to Variety. However, HBO claims that this halting of production will not affect the series’ planned premiere date. This premiere date has not yet been made public, although it is known that HBO plans to premiere their upcoming series Westworld in 2016.
The reason why Westworld has halted production appears to be due to issues with the final scripts for the first season. Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will take the time over which the production will be shuttered to write the last four scripts of Westworld’s first season. Production of this season was supposed to end last November, but is currently scheduled to restart this coming March. HBO has stated that “As we head into the final phase of production on ‘Westworld,’ we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing.” This statement indicates that HBO seems to have faith about the future of the project. A more pessimistic statement would indicate otherwise.
Westworld is inspired by the 1973 film of the same name, which starred Yul Brynner. This upcoming HBO series is set to star Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, and Thandie Newton.
The description of the upcoming series is “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” which is a description that has more to do with the themes of the show than the plot of the show. It is likely that as the writing and production of the show get closer to completion, the plot of the show will become clearer.
We have to wait and see how this upcoming series continues to develop. Although this temporary pause in production is concerning, it still remains prudent to be optimistic.