I have a particular attachment to the original Westworld movie, directed by Michael Crichton, as it was the first PG-rated film I ever saw as an impressionable 8-year-old, so I'm anxiously awaiting the prestige series HBO reboot this fall. A wrinkled Westworld one-sheet adorned the walls of my bedroom, thumbtacked directly behind the headboard of our maplewood bunk beds, with Yul Brynner's deranged cyborg gunslinger featured front and center with the tagline ... "Where nothing can possibly go worng!"
This rip-roaring adaptation centered around an upscale frontier resort populated by AI robots is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, with a musical score by Game of Thrones' Ramin Djawadi It busts out of the futuristic corral on Sunday, Oct. 2, for a 10-episode season and stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton.
Westworld's fresh two-minute trailer unleashes a stampede of new footage showing pistol-packin' cowboys, Indians on the warpath, Gatling guns and android incubation pools. It also sets up the unsettling showdown between a humanoid, played by Wood, and the theme park's eccentric creator, portrayed by Academy Award winner Hopkins. While the 1973 film was told from the perspective of the city-slicker park guests, this darker take delves into the philosophical and ethical ramifications of creating artificial beings for human amusement.
Here's the official synopsis:
The one-hour drama series Westworld 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.
Rope in this rowdy new trailer and tell us if you'll ride shotgun with HBO's weird wild west show come October.