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Everything indicates Westworld on HBO will be the science fiction equivalent of its highly successful fantasy series Game of Thrones, meaning there will be lots of nudity and sex in the mix of this serialized retelling of the classic movie.
When it was announced late last year noted scribe Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest, Memento, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar) and J.J. Abrams ( Alias, Lost, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) would be bringing their vision of the cult science fiction movie classic to HBO in serialized form, like a lot of fans I went crazy in anticipation of what that vision would be. Both will serve as executive producers for the series, with plans for Nolan to direct the first episode. Considering their accumulative resumes as movers and shakers of modern movies and TV, that reaction seemed only natural, and the news was something truly to be excited about.
Westworld is an upcoming science fiction thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO, based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by American novelist Michael Crichton. Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld. HBO announced on November 17, 2014, that Westworld had been taken to series and would premiere in 2015. In August 2015, HBO released the first teaser which revealed it would premiere in 2016.
The series boasts an all-star cast with more big names than any production of recent memory and beyond, including: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright and more. The casting call for the series made news when the actor’s union SAG-AFTRA took exception to how it was worded
More specifically, the note for the series declared “background actors may be required to perform genital-to-genital touching, simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching, contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude, pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back [and] ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude,”
Sounds like we’re in for some hot NSFW stuff from the series, in addition to the science fiction, action, and mystery aspects of the show. This raises the age-old questions regarding science fiction movies and tv regarding an “R” vs a “PG-13” rating. Does an “R” rating with nudity and more graphically portrayed violence become a distraction from the story, or is a more adult brand of science fiction better in some cases?
No specific date has been announced for the series, but it is expected to premiere some time in 2016.
Meanwhile in galaxy far away…It has been announced the classic 60’s series Lost in Space is getting rebooted as a series for Netflix.
One of the biggest outer space-based science fiction television properties of the 1960s is making a comeback, making its way back into homes all over America thanks to a new revival, and set to run via a streaming service. I speak now of Lost in Space, the Fox-produced series which ran for three seasons from 1965-68, about the exploits the Robinson family after they were whisked away to the unknown parts of the galaxy. After years of legal rights conflicts and a bidding war, Netflix has outbid other outlets for the new reboot, and the show is expected to receive a straight-to-series order.
The new Lost in Space is being described as “an epic but grounded science fiction saga focusing on a young explorer family from Earth lost in an alien universe and the challenges they face in staying together against seemingly insurmountable odds.” This rebooted version of the classic series is coming from writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold) who will executive produce along with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, as well as Neil Marshall, who is expected to direct.
Very curious what “grounded” means in this case and whether the new series will follow the trend of making new takes on old material dark and grim, or whether it will include some of the more family entertainment oriented, camp, and lighthearted elements of the original show. Guess we’l just have to wait and see until more info is forthcoming.
There has been no announcement regarding when the series will arrive on the streaming service.