J.J. Abrams will join Jonathon Nolan and Jerry Weintraut as executive producers on a remake of 1973’s Westworld.
The original Westworld starred Yul Brynner, and led to a sequel, Futureworld, and to a short-lived television series.
In Westworld, a “futuristic theme park [is] split into three distinct areas — West World, Medieval World and Roman World. However, things soon go wrong as the robots built to interact with human customers malfunction, attacking and killing anyone they see.”
The remake of Westworld will air on HBO, with the pilot being written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Nolan will also direct.
The new Westworld is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
If the series is picked up by HBO, it could begin airing next year.