Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated and ambitious sci-fi drama series “Westworld”.
Variety reports that the project, a new spin on Michael Crichton’s classic 1973 film about androids gone haywire at an amusement park in the near future, shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts.
Filming on the first season was originally scheduled to wrap in November, but things were put on hold and now it is set to resume its last batch of filming in March.
HBO says in a statement: “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.” They add that they still intend to premiere the series sometime this year.
The new take is described as a “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin”. Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton star while J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk also executive produce.
The nature of the series allows the actors playing androids to be killed off and return as completely different characters – a creative choice that has drawn a top cast.