After what’s felt like an eternity – one beset by delays, reshots and rumours, Westworld finally has a confirmed release date for its arrival on the small screen, and it’s closer than you might expect, with its US air date being confirmed as 2 October 2016.
Following in the wake of the cancellation of Vinyl, HBO need a hit, and they seem to be pulling out all the stops with Westworld. Entering high-concept science fiction territory with an all-star cast, we’re hoping for something very much in the Game Of Thrones mould success-wise.
While Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name took place in a theme park populated entirely by artificial beings – and this looks to be the same setting here – we’re sure things will head off in a different direction, especially in light of the brilliant-looking trailer. In truth, we can hardly wait.
Below is the official synopsis for Westworld:
The one-hour drama series WESTWORLD (ten episodes) 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 cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr. Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. Production companies, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.
Westworld will air on HBO in the US on 2 October 2016, and on Sky Atlantic in the UK later in the year. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.