Westworld on HBO has finally been able to release a truly revealing trailer for the highly anticipated remake series of the original Michael Crichton film from 1973. The new series, which will be coming to HBO this fall, reveals that Game of Thrones and Outlander aren’t the only TV shows on television that can draw in mega-sized audiences from the fantasy sector with disturbing content.
Now that the first trailer for Westworld has dropped, there is good reason to believe that the series will be just as plentiful in those disturbing images that other shows on premium networks like to show. There were actually a few scenes in the Westworld trailer that even came awfully close to being an NSFW red-band trailer. But of course, they stopped it just shy of the moment that features a little too much for the general audiences, according to Vanity Fair.
For those who do not know, Michael Crichton directed the first iteration of this film back in 1973. Although the film has dropped off into obscurity by now, it was quite well received by audiences of the time period.
The basic premise behind Westworld is that the future will bring us something like a Jurassic Park style of story, except it involves robotic cowboys who are terrifying, to say the least, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The lead role in Westworld is fronted by Anthony Hopkins in his first role as a series regular on a television show. With the team of Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams behind him, Westworld is poised to be such a big success that it might even outpace the popularity of HBO’s other hit fantasy show, Game of Thrones.
The fantasy element to Westworld alone will be a sufficient filler for when Game of Thrones actually ends its run on HBO, which has been something of a concern for fans all over the internet. HBO has also released a short description of the series.
“Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged,” the HBO description reads.
This proves that Westworld has a diverse range of stories that it can carry and sort of puts the show on par with a Fantasy Island meets Minority Report style of film cross-breeding.
— Deadline Hollywood (@Deadline) June 20, 2016
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo spoke with reporters last year at the TCA press tour, and he gave a few details about what fans can expect out of Westworld.
“[With] the [Westworld] film … you were very invested in one particular group of humans that were enjoying the park and their experience with the robots. This is not that. This is very much told from the POV of the robots. The corporate world’s as ‘dimensionalized’ as the park. And I think the visitors to the park are really not the primary focus of our show at all,” Lombardo said. “So again, without giving more than that away, I think all I can say is only one character that you saw in the clip is a visitor to the park. And yeah, it resembles the film in name and in spirit and, but really is, I think, otherwise not much of a reference point.”
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Westworld stars Hopkins along with Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Clifton Collins, Jr., Lili Simmons, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.
For fantasy fans who are chomping at the bit to catch the first episode of Westworld, it will premiere in October on HBO.
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