Are you the type of person who thinks The Leftovers is just “too straghtforward”? Well, you might enjoy the mind games that HBO is playing with fans who are eager for any and all news about their upcoming series: Westworld starring… well, everybody. And by everybody we mean: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood and more! Need more convincing? How about Jonathan Nolan and J.J Abrams at the helm? Okay, you’re in– good.
Some have been worried about HBO’s 2015 schedule with Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and True Blood all going dark in the coming year. Westworld was dubbed “Hollywood’s Hottest Project” and most assumed it would be green lit eventually but we just weren’t sure when it would actually make it to air. Today HBO teased us with this mind-bender:
That’s all we needed to know, HBO. We have no idea what that image means or is but we’re satisfied with that date.
They also tweeted this cryptic image which apparently means something to Westworld fans out there?
But the big news here is this: Westworld has a premiere date and it’s— in 2015! This show could realistically be taking True Blood’s spot in the summer OR Boardwalk Empire’s spot in the fall. With the production slowdowns on True Detective one or the other series will take those slots. Couple this with Scorsese’s new Music Drama set to premiere in 2015 and all three major holes are plugged in the HBO schedule. You aren’t in love with these series yet but if we know HBO (and yes, we do) you’re going to.
Want another taste? Here’s some wagons and code and cowboys for ya:
We’ll update you with a more exact air date for Westworld when we have it.
(UPDATE) We just got the official word from HBO in the form of a brief press release:
HBO ORDERS WESTWORLD TO SERIES
Logline: WESTWORLD is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Format: One-hour drama.
Production Companies: Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Executive Producer/Writer/Director: Jonathan Nolan.
Executive Producer/Writer: Lisa Joy.
Executive Producers: J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.
Co-Executive Producer: Kathy Lingg.
Producer: Athena Wickham.
Co-Producer: Susie Ekins.
Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton.
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Simon Quarterman.