People many times name their firm to be clear about what they do or provide. Well it now looks like J.J. Abrams is one of those people. His production company, Bad Robot, is joining Jonah Nolan in partnering up with Warner Bros. Television’s Jerry Weintraub to adapt Michael Crichton 1973’s sci-fi thriller Westworld for the small screen. HBO has given the planned series a pilot commitment with Nolan directing the pilot and writing alongside “Burn Notice” scribe Lisa Joy.
The original film, both written and directed by Crichton, takes place in a future amusement park wherein visitors interact with androids in recreations of famous historical environments. When something goes wrong, however, the androids turn deadly.
Westworld has a sequel, Futureworld, in 1976, was spun off into a short-lived series, “Beyond Westworld,” in 1980.
The new series will be executive produced by Abrams, Nolan, Joy, Weintrarub and Bryan Burk with Kathy Lingg co-executive producing and Anthena Wickam producing.