The first footage of a remake I can actually get on board with has arrived in the form of the weirdly atmospheric Westworld, the upcoming HBO series based on the 1973 film starring Yul Brynner. Originally written and directed by Jurassic Park creator Michael Crichton, Westworld focuses on an amusement park themed on the Old West. Just like his dysfunctional dinosaur site, the theme park hits a bit of a snag when the androids posing as cowboys and bandits go on the fritz and start shooting up the place, as well as the guests attending it.
Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher) has parked himself in the directors chair to reopen Westworld’s gates, which is also backed by executive producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. Keeping its biggest guns holstered, the first glimpse isn’t giving too much away as we’ve got sci-fi elements sliced with what could be easily misinterpreted as scenes from Deadwood. There’s also another look at Ed Harris as the Gunslinger, the role originally played by Yul Brynner who was basically a Terminator in a ten-gallon hat.
Joining Harris in this wild and weird sci-fi series are the impressive talents of Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan.
Annoyingly, there’s no confirmed air date for either the U.K. or U.S. screens but you can expect Westworld to be opening its doors some time in 2016.