Last August, we here at TG2 Studios spoke on how science fiction/genre programming was the hot thing, given the different shows that are on major TV networks as well as on most of the major streaming services, and HBO was in line with this with the production of their enormously successful series Game Of Thrones. However the network was looking to expand beyond this with the development of the brand new series Westworld, drawing upon the 70’s movie of the same name about a theme park filled with “synthetic humans” programmed to serve the needs of the paying guests in attendance.
Now HBO has decided to temporarily halt production on the show, according to Variety. While some may view this as possible trouble for the ambitious series, HBO has stated that they are confident the show will be ready to debut by its 2016 date, despite the fact that no actual premiere date has ever been announced.
The only confirmation regarding the series has been this. “As we head into the final phase of production on Westworld, we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” said HBO in a statement.
Some sources have been saying that production was simply stopped so that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy could have all of the scripts ready for shooting, and that production will pick up again in March. Other news sources are citing that the synthetic humans have risen up and overthrown their human overlords. As much as we are barreling towards the development of artificial intelligence, the Two Gay Geeks will place their money on production and script issues as to the reason this series has been temporarily halted.
The series has an all-star cast, including Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and has been called, “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Is HBO making a good movie here by halting production, or is this an indicator of possible problems for the series? Can they even hope to have a successful series with that iconic Gunslinger as played by Yul Brynner in the 1970’s movie? What would you like to see this series actually accomplish?
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