One of the most highly-anticipated shows coming to the small screen this year is HBO's Westworld, based on the 1973 film of the same name which marked the directorial debut of author/filmmaker Michael Crichton. Following the first two photos from the series released last month, Entertainment Weekly has yet another new photo that showcases a different look at Ed Harris as the robotic Gunslinger, originally played by Yul Brynner in the Westworld movie.
Entertainment Weekly also spoke with series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who offered details on the show, which doesn't have a premiere date set at this time. Westworld is set in a futuristic theme park where visitors interact with lifelike android robots, until one day when the robots strike back against the humans. When asked how they went about converting a single movie into a weekly TV series, Lisa Joy had this to say.
"The glory of doing it as a series is that you get to kind of dance in the little spaces that were left unexplored. In a film, you only have a finite amount of time, and you're so concerned with saying what happened and making it a gripping short story with a satisfying ending. But in a TV series, you can really take a novelistic approach and explore characters that you wouldn't ordinarily see, in a level of complexity that you wouldn't ordinarily get to explore just out of the sheer time constraints in a feature. I think we're very much looking forward to taking all those possibilities and exploding out."
Very little is known about the plot, aside from the general premise. While he wouldn't divulge any specific story details, Jonathan Nolan had this to say, when asked about how the park itself functions.
"Here's the thing: People who come into this place are looking for-and this is the irony of it-the authentic experience. They're looking for not the virtual version, but the real version, the tactile version. Interestingly we've arrived at what [the original film] created-fully immersible virtual worlds. Look at Grand Theft Auto or any of these wholly imagined open-world video games. They are beautiful. They're perfectly immersive and brilliant and filled with narrative turns ... 'What happens in Westworld stays in Westworld.' It's a place where you can be whoever the f-k you want to be and there are no consequences. No rules, no limitations."
He also added that the show will tap into the real-life concerns over robotic technology and artificial intelligence.
"I would say, picture your neurosis. Picture the things that keep you up at night-human behavior, artificial intelligence-any of those things that trouble you, worry you. That is exactly what the show is about. We are hoping to exploit all of those anxieties... We're incredibly excited about it, both on the narrative level and on a cinematic level."
Check out the photo of Ed Harris below, and CLICK HERE to check out the full interview with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. We'll keep you posted as soon as HBO announced when exactly Westworld will premiere on HBO later this year.