Movie director JJ Abrams is set to remake Westworld reports suggest. The new version of the old science fiction movie will be relaunched as a television drama for HBO.
TV Line reports that the 1973 cult thriller is currently in the planning stages with Abrams teaming up with Jonathan Nolan and his wife Lisa Joy to bring the reboot to life.
Westworld was written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton, produced by Paul Lazarus III and starred Yul Brynner as an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park where he embarks upon a murderous rampage.
Westworld was the first feature film to use digital image processing to make some shots appear pixelized in order to portray the Gunslinger android’s point of view.
Abrams is best known in recent times for the Star Trek film franchise while Nolan is noted for creating Person of Interest and Joy as a writer and producer of Burn Notice.
The proposed HBO revival for Westworld isn’t the first time a television network has shown an interest in continuing the story from the 70s movie. In 1980 CBS Television attempted to take the format from big screen film to small screen drama when they launched Beyond Westworld. It failed to appeal to audiences, despite critical acclaim, and was dropped after three episodes.