In 1973, Michael Crichton (yes, THAT Michael Crichton) wrote and directed a film called Westworld, about malfunctioning robots at an amusement park — “Westworld” — for adults.
It may sound silly, but it was a commentary on artificial intelligence and sin. It also starred such classic actors as Yul Brynner and James Brolin (father of actor Josh Brolin).
And now, HBO has partnered with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company for a remake, but in the form of a series, rather than 2-hour film.
The inimitable, wonderful Anthony Hopkins will star, along with Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood, Across the Universe).
Hopkins is set to play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it. Wood will portray Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.