In the future, theme parks can help you live out your fantasies. But what if those fantasies start to fight back!
The 1973 film Westworld was written and directed by the author Michael Crichton. This is the man who would later go on to create shows such as E.R., Jurassic Park and of course more great books.
In many ways, Westworld is thematically the same as Jurassic Park using the simple premise, “What if the theme park went wrong?”
The original film told the story of an adult theme park, entitled Delos, that allowed paying guests to live out their fantasies in a number of different themed areas. They were named, West World, Medieval World and Roman World.
The residents of the park were not costumed members of staff but sophisticated androids which were hard to discriminate from real people. The androids are programmed to help fulfil guests fantasies in any way.
Technicians start to notice a problem when androids start to break down without reason. Soon after, the androids start to refuse the guests requests. The cowboy gunslinger, famously played by Yul Brynner, from the Westworld zone, starts to fight back after somehow breaking his safety protocols.
Now HBO has bought a new version to our television screens with some great talent including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright.
Westworld will air on HBO in the US on October 3rd and will air later in the month in the UK on Sky Atlantic.