HBO Orders Film Adaptation ‘Westworld’ to Series

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will star on the series based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood
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HBO is moving forward with “Westworld,” an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about an amusement park gone mad. Anthony Hopkins will star in his first television series regular role.

HBO announced the order on Monday via a Vine teaser (see below), which stated the series will debut in 2015.

The network obtusely describes the series as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

The one-hour drama’s cast also includes Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman.

From Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television, executive producers include J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. “Person of Interest” executive producer Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot, and will also executive produce.

Rounding out the production team is co-Executive producer Kathy Lingg, producer Athena Wickham and co-Producer Susie Ekins.