10 Facts: Westworld (TV Series)

In case you did not know, the Westworld TV series had its premiere on HBO in the USA last night. It’s one of the most anticipated TV series of 2016 and the first episode has been received very well by critics.

To quote David Wiegand of the San Fransico Chronicle: “Westworld isn’t easy to understand at first, but you will be hooked nonetheless by unusually intelligent storytelling, powerful visuals and exceptionally nuanced performances.” I wouldn’t expect anything less from HBO, would you?


To add to the hype about this show (which has been building up nicely for the last few months), here’s 10 facts about the Westworld TV series you might not know:

  • Westworld is based on the 1973 film of the same name (which was written and directed by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton.
  • The series was created by Jonathan Nolan (who was behind the Dark Knight trilogy).
  • The executive producer for Westworld is J.J. Abrams (who has brought us TV series like Alias and Lost and directed films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mission Impossible 3).
  • In the 1973 film, there were good guys (people) and bad guys (the robots). The head villain was Yul Brynner’s Gunslinger and he was the last bad guy standing. HBO has turned that one on its head and now the people are abusive and mean, and the robots are out to set things right. It’s a nice twist and will probably make the show all the more interesting.
  • Michael Crichton had been approached to write a remake of his own movie before his death in 2008, but he declined.
  • The Westworld season 1 cast brings on a plethora of amazing actors. Sir Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Robert Ford), Ed Harris (The Man in Black), Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernarthy), James Marsden (Teddy Flood) appear in the series and Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid BosloBerdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth, Clifton Collins Jr. and Sidse Babett Knudsen will also make appearances.
  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first ten episodes were produced on an estimated $100 million budget, on par with HBO’s rock drama Vinyl (which sadly got cancelled after just one season).
  • The series’ music is composed by Ramin Djawadi (also known for scoring Game of Thrones). He’s also worked with show creator Nolan on the TV series Person of Interest.
  • Quentin Tarantino was asked to helm this remake, but he declined.
  • This is not the first television adaptation based off of the movie of the same name. In 1980 a short lived series called Beyond Westworld aired on CBS, only three episodes aired before cancellation.

Well, there you have it, 10 facts about the Westworld TV series you might not have know. If you haven’t seen the trailer for the show, check it out below:

Do you think this series will live up to expectations or do you think that this going to be a flop? Leave a comment and let us know.

Television viewers in South Africa can catch the first episode of Westworld tonight at 9 PM on Mnet Edge (channel 102 on DSTV).

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