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Westworld to Film in July; Late 2015 Premiere?

By Jacob Klein on May 3, 2015 to Westworld


UPDATE: Westworld has been delayed to 2016!

Ever since HBO gave us that Westworld tease last year we’ve been keeping a close eye on the production schedule. The pilot was shot in 2014 but the series itself has still yet to be filmed.  In an interview last week with Simon Quarterman, an actor who plays a character named Lee Sizemore on HBO’s Westworld, Simon says that they won’t begin filming until July:

Just now, things are really beginning to take off. I start shooting Westworld for HBO in July. We shot the pilot last year and we got picked up so I’m very excited about that. I think everyone’s in for a real treat with that. I haven’t seen any of the scripts just yet, but judging by what Jonah and Lisa wrote for the pilot episode, it’s going to be an incredibly exciting series.

This leads us to believe that the show will not be ready do launch in time for an early fall premiere date. You may have been expecting Westworld to hit HBO’s air in Boardwalk Empire’s old time slot. After all, HBO needs something for the fall sweeps, right? We doubt that Westworld will premiere in September or even October given this shooting schedule.  Though the original Westworld was shot in 30 days, apparently.

This all might sound a bit crazy but perhaps HBO is hoping to debut the show in a time slot with less competition. Early fall is traditionally the big push for all networks to get their premium content onto air. HBO may want Westworld to stand alone so that it doesn’t get lost.

Or, this could just be a scheduling nightmare, ala what happened with True Detective season two.  When you’re juggling the schedules of movie stars like Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins things can probably get a bit tricky.

We still take HBO at their word that Westworld will premiere in 2015 sometime.  HBO’s announced schedule is looking pretty thin for Fall 2015 without this show. Whether Westworld comes sooner rather than later we can’t say.  But at this point we’re expecting a November release date given this latest information.

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Also, they never made it clear how many episodes right? Given the timing, I’m guessing 8.

That is correct that they are silent about that detail. but eight episodes is the safe bet.

All HBO shows have principal photography wrapped before season premiere right? If series production does start in July, 8-10 days per episode, 8 episode later, they’d ideally finish by mid-October. Post-production occurs in parallel to filming. Making it easy to premiere by November.

Please correct me if I’m wrong.

No that sounds about right. If HBO still promises it for 2015 than the only time slot it can fill is BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s.

Still be cutting it real close, though. Game of Thrones usually have almost 4 months between wrapping the finale, and the season premiere. But then again, Westworld’s only filmed in Los Angeles, and their VFX work probably isn’t as complicated as GoT.

Maybe a 2016 January release like True Detective season 1 ?

In that slot they just have two comedies now, and they cancelled Looking, so we can have Westworld – Togetherness and Girls.

Though the sparse schedule remains a mystery, I am okay with the wait. I always prefer the taking of time to get the quality right as opposed to rushing something to the screen.

Yeah, me too. But I feel like we’ve been left waiting since True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom went off the air. I know HBO will fill the voids but we can’t know for sure until we see these shows.

Leftovers should be one show for the fall slot, right?

Perhaps Crime or Show me a hero now have a chance to premiere this year. Both are filmed so why not?

I just wish HBO wouldn’t play everything so close to the vest if you know what I mean?

There’s also the untitled Rock n Roll drama that’s supposed t air this year as well. I believe it’s done filming or close to it. I bet Either that or Westworld will get put with the Leftovers

A source for that?
I didn’t hear anything about its filming, the Photos I saw were with Scorsese -> just the pilot


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