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