HBO has given the go ahead for J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV to produce a pilot for a series adaptation of the 1973 Yul Brynner cult classic, Westworld. The series will be written and directed by Jonathan Nolan, according to Variety.
Lisa Joy will also co-write the pilot script with Nolan, and both Nolan and Joy will executive produce along with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub.
The original Westworld was written and directed by Michael Crichton and starred Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as two unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park where a robot malfunctions and creates havoc and terror. The HBO rendition of the action/sci-fi story has been described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”