Easily one of the most anticipated new series of the year is HBO’s “Westworld”. Despite the much talked about problems during production, Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams’ ambitious sci-fi series remake of the classic Michael Crichton 1973 film could be a remake that easily surpasses the original with the longer format allowing for a much bigger and more interesting exploration of the issues at its heart.
One of the show’s key stars, Evan Rachel Wood, recently spoke with Collider about the project and gushed enthusiastically about the quality of the series:
“I’m also tickled at how little people know. All the expectations and the guesses I’ve heard are not even in the ball park. So, I love that people are going to go in thinking it’s one thing, and being very surprised to find it another, in a good way.
All of the action, and the Wild West West fun, crazy, HBO stuff is in there and it’s all amazing, but what separates the show is that it’s an existential drama. It’s an intellectual nightmare. It is all very much based in reality. A lot of the technologies that we’re exploring are stuff that we’re working at, right now. All of this is not that far away.
It’s taking a look at humanity and the state that we’re in now and what would happen, if we kept on going the way that we’re going and we created this artificial intelligence. The only thing they have to work off of is what we show them, but then, if they advance and surpass us, what would be the biggest threat? We would. You should be scared. I’m scared.”
Wood says she’s playing “a really, really revolutionary character for women” and it took her until around the fourth of fifth episode when she really understood what the show was and what character she was playing. As a result she had a panic attack as “it was such a bigger picture than what I thought it was.” She also says she’s heard the reports about the production’s troubles and tells people not to worry:
“It’s more of a revolution than a TV show. I don’t think people are going to expect it. They’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m excited. And everyone working on it, we’re all in agreement that it’s our Odyssey. We’re like, ‘This is going to be the one Everyone in the top of their fields is pouring everything they have into this, which is why it was such a massive undertaking and why filming was extended. It’s not because things are going badly. It’s because they’re so massive and it’s so complicated and we want to get it right. We’re not just phoning it in. We’re taking our time with it because it’s really important.”
“Westworld” is due to premiere in October.