HBO have revealed the premiere date for their new creepy science fiction series ‘Westworld’.
Having previously tipped the JJ Abrams-produced thriller for an autumn debut, HBO has now set a US premiere date for Sunday, October 2 at 9pm ET.
The series, which is based on the 1973 movie by Michael Crichton, which starred the late Yul Brenner and spawned several spin-offs.
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Much like the original film. This new series takes place in a Wild West Theme Park that is populated by very life like human looking Androids.
In the series, which also has an October Premiere in the UK. The theme park and its androids are the creation of Dr. Robert Ford (Sir Anthony Hopkins) – but does he actually have control over his robotic attractions?
This television reboot has created plenty of controversy and had its set shut down for two months back in February for two months. Series co-creator Jonathan Nolan denied any rumblings of behind-the-scenes trouble.
“We needed to shut down in order for [co-creator] Lisa [Joy] and I to write the rest of the scripts,” Nolan insisted in April.
“This was strictly a question of our ability to write, produce and direct.”
During last weekends TCA Press Tour HBO president Casey Bloys was pressed on the themes of sexual violence and exploitation in ‘Westworld’.
“The point in Westworld is they’re robots. How [do] you treat a robot with human-like qualities? Is that reflective of how you would treat a human? It’s a little bit different than Game of Thrones, where it is human-on-human violence. But to eyour larger point: is it something we think about? Yeah, I think the criticism is valid… I think the criticism is ‘point taken’ on it.”
Bloys was responding to a question concerning a scene in which Even Rachel Wood’s character gets physically attacked and raped by Ed Harris’s villainous Cowboy. In the scene both characters are androids and are playing out a scenario for the leisure of one of the parks visitors.
Although we know that the series has an October Premiere date on Sky Atlantic. We are still waiting to learn if the UK Satellite Channel will air the series a night after its US premiere in same way as they have with ‘Game Of Thrones’.