Forget Dis­ma­land – this is the true theme park of your night­mares…

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For a film with a rel­a­tively slim cen­tral premise – Yul Bryn­ner’s an­droid gun­slinger hunts down the guests at a fu­tur­is­tic theme park – West­world has proved re­mark­ably re­silient. It spawned 1976 se­quel Fu­ture­world and a short-lived CBS TV se­ries in 1980, while di­rec­tor Michael Crichton suc­cess­fully re­mod­elled the idea of a theme park go­ing wrong in Juras­sic Park. Now West­world’s be­ing re­tooled as an all-new HBO se­ries, co-cre­ated by Christopher Nolan’s lit­tle brother Jonathan (In­ter­stel­lar, Per­son Of In­ter­est), and over­seen by one JJ Abrams.

HBO’s press blurb sums up this new take on a park where pun­ters can in­ter­act with life­like an­droids as a “dark odyssey about the dawn of ar­ti­fi­cial con­scious­ness and the fu­ture of sin,” while Nolan’s de­scribed it as “a place where you can be who­ever the fuck you want to be and there are no con­se­quence. No rules, no lim­i­ta­tions.” If that sounds like a deeper, darker take than the ’70s version it’s also fer­tile sci-fi ter­ri­tory for the net­work be­hind Game Of Thrones and The So­pra­nos. In typ­i­cal style, they’ve rounded up a truly A-list cast fea­tur­ing James Mars­den, Thandie New­ton, Evan Rachel Wood, An­thony Hop­kins, and Ed Har­ris in­her­it­ing Bryn­ner’s stet­son. Ex­pect this one to hit the tar­get in spec­tac­u­lar style. Richard Ed­wards

Should have gone to the Mickey Mouse place in­stead.

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