18+ Series Westworld Will be HBO's Next Game of Thrones

Posted 2016/10/31 5679 0

Considered as HBO's trump card for the late 2016, Westworld” attracts audiences with the combination of the spectacular expanses of Arizona and the Grand Canyon as well as the uprising of robots.

 

Westworld is based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name which tells the story of a futuristic theme park. It isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park, which is looked after by robotic "hosts", allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park's guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged.

The series is billed as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."

"I think there may be something wrong with this world; something hiding underneath," says Evan Rachel Wood's character Dolores towards the end of the trailer before capping with: "These violent delights meet violent ends."

Like a mix of The Hunger Games and The Truman Show, Westworld provides a stream of tempting, exciting, scenarios (mostly violent showdowns) that are scripted and staged for the visitors’ entertainment. Pretty much what HBO has been doing for years with The Sopranos, Deadwood, Game Of Thrones, and now Westworld.

The series was created and co-written by Jonathan Nolan (the brother of Batman director Christopher Nolan) whose previous credits include scripting The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar. J.J.Abrams (the all-powerful overlord of Star Trek and Star Wars) is one of the executive producers, along with the original writer-director of Westworld Michael Crichton. The cast of the 10-episode series includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Variety reports that 3.3 million people tuned in to the series's first episode, more than the 2.33 million who pitched up for True Detective's premiere in 2014, the 2.2 million who watched the debut of Game of Thrones in 2011 and distinctly more than HBO's last expensive effort, Vinyl, which lured in a meagre 1.4 million people for its $100 million price tag.

Reviews have been positive for Westworld so far, with both audience and critic reviews above 80 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes (the professionals rated it at 88 per cent).

With Game of Thrones nearing the end of it’s run this could be next in line to be HBO’s breakout hit series.

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