‘Westworld’ Production Suspended by HBO

Hour-long drama stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden

HBO has stopped production on sci-fi drama series “Westworld.”

The shutdown on the show is temporary, according to the network, which plans its debut later this year.

“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,” an HBO spokesperson said in a statement.

Based on the 1973 film by Michael Crighton, “Westworld” is billed as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” The original film featured robots in a Western-themed amusement park run amok.

The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television, J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Films.

The one-hour drama features Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan.

“Westworld” is set to premiere is 2016.