Already considered a slam-dunk for a series order, HBO’s‘s star-studded drama pilot Westworld was showcased in a major way during Time Warner’s Investors Day, given thumbs-up by top executives who made it seem a series pickup is indeed a foregone conclusion.
Westworld, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Person Of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan, writer Lisa Joy, producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros TV, was inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie and stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright.
The project was referenced by HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.
“The best creative voices want to be part of the HBO experience,” Plepler said.”If you doubt this, ask the talent themselves.” He listed several stars of upcoming HBO series on tap for 2015, including Westworld‘s Hopkins, who was named alongside Colin Farrel and Vince Vaughn, who topline the second installment of True Detective, Dwayne Johnson of Ballers and Jack Black and Tim Robins of The Brink.
Bewkes mentioned Westworld, along with Damon Lindelof’s Leftovers, recently renewed by HBO for a second season, as examples of larger cooperation between the premium cable network and sibling studio Warner Bros TV, which is behind both dramas, also indicating that Westworld is headed to the screen.
Set at an amusement park, Westworld is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. There is no official word from HBO or WBTV, but a series pickup is now considered imminent.