We all love a good western, but a western with sci-fi, as well? Even better. That’s exactly what we’re getting with the HBO adaption of Michael Crichton’s Westworld. The new sci-fi/western will be HBO‘s next TV venture after Game of Thrones, and with such huge promotion, it’s been difficult to avoid the news.
HBO has spoilt us sci-fi fans rotten this past week. Not only have we had a trailer for Westworld and images from the set — we also have a new poster.
Taken from Empire, here’s the new poster for the show. As well as this, you can also see the trailer below:
As you can see, HBO has chosen to focus on the sci-fi parts of the show. In addition, the line “Every hero has a code” sits poetically at the bottom, a hint at the plot and setting of Westworld and its characters.
Based on the 1973 sci-fi thriller by Crichton, Westworld is an immersive theme park realm where life-like AI satisfies the appetites of humans. Sounds great, right? Things don’t quite go to plan however — as it would on a theme park full of robots.
From Slashfilm, here’s a quick run-down of the plot:
Welcome to the vacation of the future, as Crichton called it. Westworld is a place populated by artificial intelligence (called “hosts”). In this futuristic theme park, the robots play roles for park guests (“the desires”), but they soon begin to question their purpose and their creators. Rather than simply going haywire and attacking visitors, as they do in the original film, the hosts start to ask questions.
Jonathan Nolan, J.J Abrams and Lisa Joy have developed the ten-episode TV adaption of Michael Crichton’s novel. This is what Nolan had to say about making Westworld (via Empire):
“I’ve always felt in adaptation you have to be a bit of a heretic,” explains co-writer Jonathan Nolan. “What we keep is the brilliant, subversive idea of the set-up: what if there was a place you could go and act out your darkest fantasies with no consequences.”
While Westworld is due to debut in the US on October 2, we’ll have a little longer to wait elsewhere.