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post #1 of 1814
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Didn't see a thread started for this but since the series isn't going to premiere until 2016, maybe this is early? Anyways, I'd seen a promo a few weeks ago but the other day an official teaser was released and it looks fantastic.  Westworld is still one of my favorite films and based on the cast lineup for this series and this promo, it looks like they'll be elevating the material into something special.

 

Or, I hope thats what they'll do.

 

The cast lineup:

 

Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Boise Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Serafyan.

 

Obviously, Ed Harris is going to be The Gunslinger. The role made famous by Yul Brynner in the film.

 

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And I wonder if the other "worlds" are going to be covered. Roman and Medieval, correct? 

 

So, that promo:

 

post #2 of 1814

I'm psyched for it. My only fear is that they'll end up covering too much of the same ground as Battlestar Galactica. There's a logline somewhere about this show 'exploring the nature of sin'. I've already had quite my fill of androids pontificating about religion and the nature of God.

 

As for the other worlds, HBO already did Roman World quite well, and Medieval World is getting good ratings for them. I doubt we'll see those. (Although they did also do Frontier World before...)

 

Pretty long gestation period for this too, eh? Wasn't it filming in early 2014?.

post #3 of 1814
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Well, Anthony Hopkins will be the head of the "adult entertainment park" which suggests that Westworld will be one of the worlds there.  And Jonathan Nolan is the guy behind the series? I'm not at all familiar with Persons of Interest; didn't like Interstellar and so am curious where he plans on taking this show. 

 

And with Humans and movies like Ex Machina, that whole "what is human" question has been and is being thoroughly examined (including by, what you mention, BSG).  I just want something....different. 

 

And yeah, this was announced in 2014! I found these gifs I had kept from a first look article back in December. 

 

 

post #4 of 1814
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Aaaand, just found a quote by Jonathan Nolan regarding this show (from a Entertainment Weekly article):

 

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"What we can tell you is that we intend to make the most ambitious, subversive, f–ked-up television series... The things that keep you up at night, any of those things that trouble you—that is exactly what the show is about."

 

 

 

If this is accomplished, I'm fucking excited about this show.

post #5 of 1814

Never seen the original, but Im pretty excited for this.

post #6 of 1814
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Never seen the original, but Im pretty excited for this.


Its on both Amazon Instant and iTunes if you so desire to watch it.  FYI: Michael Crichton directed the movie.

post #7 of 1814

This is looking good. Big fan of the original film (and the sequel with Peter Fonda has its merits too), but even if that wasn't the case I would still be looking forward to what I'm hoping will be Hopkins as John Hammond meets Larry Flynt.

post #8 of 1814
Saw a teaser on HBO the other night. I went from "forgot about this" to "great, need a new show to watch" to "2016? Bollocks" very quickly.
post #9 of 1814

This is actually the show that I'm looking forward to the most for next year.  This has so much potential, and the cast is simply a dream.

post #10 of 1814
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When I first saw the title of this article from WIRED UK, I was excited as I hoped it would bring to the open more about this show. Then I got to this paragraph:

 

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The new version looks to delve even deeper into the nature of AI, and is set to focus more on the robots than the human guests. With James Marsden set to play Teddy Flood, "a newly arrived gunslinger", he may be the updated version of Brynner's character, while Evan Rachel Wood appears as Dolores Abernathy, a young woman who discovers her life is an intricate lie. The implication seems to be that the robots don't know they're robots, and realisation may cause a similar disaster to the classic film; existentialism as a computer virus.

 

 

Even in IMDB, its Ed Harris listed as "The Gunslinger" so I don't know how accurate the rest of the article is.  Nonetheless, here's the link:

 

 

"Westworld" HBO Series is Blade Runner Meets Deadwood | WIRED UK

post #11 of 1814

I'm hoping Ed Harris is the AI who finds out what he really is and it just motivates him to kill a lot more people.

 

Also really hoping Greek World and Medievil world are included, but then again there's always season two.

post #12 of 1814
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I had to laugh when I read this.

 

"Westworld" Extras Must Agree to Genital-to-Genital Touching | Deadline

 

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The consent agreement was given to an unknown number of extras by Central Casting, which is casting the show’s background players. It states: “This document serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations. By accepting this Project assignment, you may be required to do any of the following: appear fully nude; wear a pubic hair patch; perform genital-to-genital touching; have your genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude; pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back; ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude; and other assorted acts the Project may require. The Project will also include language and sexual situations that some may consider personally objectionable or uncomfortable.” 
post #13 of 1814

Yul Brynner is reading this on Heaven's wi-fi and making a "WTF?!" face right now.

post #14 of 1814
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Yul Brynner is reading this on Heaven's wi-fi and making a "WTF?!" face right now.

 

I'm making one such face now and I'm still here...

post #15 of 1814
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Does every damn show on HBO need to be explicit? I get the that certain moral and social issues surrounding robotics will be explored. I get that.  Hell, it was explored in Ex Machina, but it didn't get to such degrees that that memo for casting extras is hinting. Can you not tell a compelling story without "genital-to-genital touching"?

post #16 of 1814

Exactly, not to be a prude but there's porn for that.

post #17 of 1814

Well, HBO's brand is pretty much high production TV exclusively for grown ups.  So yeah, they lean into that, but it's part of what I love them for.  And besides, the specificity of that disclaimer is a) hilarious and b) extensive enough that it could pretty much be one messed-up orgy scene of some sort.  I mean, I'm down for full frontal nudes riding other nudes around like horses on a week by week basis, but I'm not holding my breath for it.

post #18 of 1814

There IS a Roman Orgy setting in the original movie I believe.

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post #20 of 1814
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Does every damn show on HBO need to be explicit? I get the that certain moral and social issues surrounding robotics will be explored. I get that.  Hell, it was explored in Ex Machina, but it didn't get to such degrees that that memo for casting extras is hinting. Can you not tell a compelling story without "genital-to-genital touching"?

Yes it does and don't you dare try to take it from me.

post #21 of 1814

Oh no. "To get ahead of the writing"?

post #22 of 1814
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When I saw the title of that link, there was much foul language. After reading through and seeing they still intend on meeting the original premiere date, all is okay. AS LONG AS THEY MEET THAT PREMIERE DATE......dammit. 

post #23 of 1814
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New trailer and it looks great. Looking forward to this coming October!

 

post #24 of 1814

Looks fun.

 

Hope it's good.

post #25 of 1814

Finally.  It feels like we've been hearing about this show forever!

 

Hoping because of Jonathan Nolan's name on the credits we get a surprise twist where Root is behind all of the troubles at Westworld. :AwYeahPersonOfInterest:

post #26 of 1814

That teaser looks awesome.

 

Can't believe they started filming this in August 2014. That's crazy long development period for a TV show.

 

If they really thought they needed even more time when they stopped to rewrite those last 3 episodes, I'm glad they took the time. If it was a broadcast network show, they would've just had to power through it.

 

HBO really needs this one to work for them after the David Fincher debacle, though. It sucks there are multiple episodes of his comedy show Video Synchronicity in the can that we will never see.

post #27 of 1814
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That teaser looks awesome.

 

Can't believe they started filming this in August 2014. That's crazy long development period for a TV show.

 

If they really thought they needed even more time when they stopped to rewrite those last 3 episodes, I'm glad they took the time. If it was a broadcast network show, they would've just had to power through it.

 

HBO really needs this one to work for them after the David Fincher debacle, though. It sucks there are multiple episodes of his comedy show Video Synchronicity in the can that we will never see.

 

Your last sentence. WTH? What is this? I've never heard of this.

post #28 of 1814
Yeah I've been looking forward to this for far too long... Can't wait to see it!
post #29 of 1814
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Your last sentence. WTH? What is this? I've never heard of this.

 

There were 2 shows Fincher was developing with HBO. The remake of Utopia got deep into rehearsals before the plug got pulled over budget disputes, with a cast including Rooney Mara and Colm Feore.

 

Video Synchronicity was going to be inspired by Fincher's days as a music video director, pre-Alien 3. They shot 4 episodes before stopping to retool.

 

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/David-Fincher-HBO-Show-Having-Huge-Problems-72428.html

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/38285/fincher-s-video-synchronicity-now-dead-too

post #30 of 1814
Looking cool. It'd be really easy to mess this up, though, so my expectations aren't high.
post #31 of 1814

New trailer: 

 

 

The older trailer for this show plays before every movie I see at the cinema. Feel like I've been waiting for it to air for ages.

post #32 of 1814
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Well, damn. That looks good. And I haven't seen hide nor hair of this show on any theater screen. So weird.

post #33 of 1814

Yeah, that trailer played in front of The Night Of last night. Looks really, really good, and I'm expecting the show to directly address issues pre-emptively raised by some regarding the portrayal of women in the show (and perhaps on HBO series in general).

post #34 of 1814

Yeah that trailer was dope. I'm gonna watch the fuckin fuck out of this.

 

I'm so ready for a good new sci-fi series.

post #35 of 1814
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Well, damn. That looks good. And I haven't seen hide nor hair of this show on any theater screen. So weird.

 

It's being shown by Sky Atlantic where I live (nearly all of their programming comes from HBO) and they're promoting it as a way of enticing people to subscribe to their channel. 

post #36 of 1814
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It's being shown by Sky Atlantic where I live (nearly all of their programming comes from HBO) and they're promoting it as a way of enticing people to subscribe to their channel. 


Oh, that makes sense.  Similar campaigns are here, too but I haven't seen anything for this show. 

post #37 of 1814

Do we know how many episodes this will have?

post #38 of 1814

IMDB is listing 10 for this season, FWIW.

post #39 of 1814
On one hand, it looks great (which is what we expect from HBO), on the other hand, I'm slightly worried that it might disappear up its own ass in a haze of narrative indecipherability. Any show that deals with questions of a virtual reality that is almost indistinguishable from reality can fall into this trap. I hope this evades that kind of misstep.

I think the one thing an HBO drama has to have no matter what, are characters who drive plot and not the other way around.
post #40 of 1814

Looks great. Putting five bucks on Jeffrey Wright stealing the show, but all four of him, Harris, Hopkins, and Evan Rachel Wood look terrific too.

post #41 of 1814
I'm interested to see what Marsden does. He's this secret weapon that's rarely used properly because of his matinee idol looks and I've been waiting to see him get his due.
post #42 of 1814
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I'm interested to see what Marsden does. He's this secret weapon that's rarely used properly because of his matinee idol looks and I've been waiting to see him get his due.


This. I really want to see him shine in this. C'mon Marsden, steal some thunder from them other "serious" actors. 

post #43 of 1814

I was never a huge appreciater of Marsden until I saw him in Enchanted. Dude killed it in that movie, and was easily the MVP for it. I hope Westworld is good for him.

post #44 of 1814
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Looks great. Putting five bucks on Jeffrey Wright stealing the show, but all four of him, Harris, Hopkins, and Evan Rachel Wood look terrific too.

I'm just worried that between Wright and Hopkins, there won't be any sets lefts after all the scene chewing.

post #45 of 1814
That explains the delay.
post #46 of 1814

Hoping Wright has a substantial role in this. Still unhappy about how underused he was in the Craig Bond films.

post #47 of 1814
Watched Broken Flowers the other night and Wright always kills me in it.

When he takes his money back from the table after Murrays insistence on paying...
post #48 of 1814
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Speaking of Wright, I believe BASQUIAT is back up over at Netflix  HULU. Be a good day to watch that again. 


Edited by smugbug - 8/30/16 at 1:47pm
post #49 of 1814
Have only seen Basquiat once. Good for sure. Bowie's Warhol was properly aloof.

What is some must see Jeffrey Wright?

Recommendations anyone?
post #50 of 1814
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Have only seen Basquiat once. Good for sure. Bowie's Warhol was properly aloof.

What is some must see Jeffrey Wright?

Recommendations anyone?


Wright elevates the material of whatever he's in. Even in mediocre  movies like The Hunger Games, he's good to watch. Angels in America, the miniseries, is a definite. But really, go to his IMDB list and pick a movie. 

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