Go West, young robot! HBO has just announced that they will be renewing their hit show Westworld for a second season, making good on 2/5 of their promise to run for a whopping five seasons. The second season will also be ten episodes long, but HBO president Casey Bloys warns us we need to be patient. The scope of the show (which delayed its first season for a dismayingly long time) will probably mean that we'll have to wait until 2018 for a second installment.
He also says the season will be "as exciting, mysterious and as fun as season 1. And completely original, as well." It will be interesting to see how far they can spread this story away from its original source material.
In the original 1973 film:
A lawyer and businessman are among the visitors to Westworld, a futuristic theme park where the gunhands and dance hall girls are all robots programmed to serve the guests' violent and lustful fantasies - until something goes wrong with their circuitry.
No longer the guests' obliging victim, a black-clad humanoid gunslinger turns on the two heroes. The ultimate amusement turns deadly serious as the men are pursued to a deadly climax by an implacable, unstoppable foe.
This new take on the material is:
described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
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. star.