Michael Crichton's "other" story about a technologically-advanced theme park gone wrong kicks off in October. Here's how you can catch it in Australia.
Long before Michael Crichton crafted the doomed holiday destination Jurassic Park, he dabbled in a similar idea with 1973's Westworld. In the vein of Jurassic Park, Westworld depicts a technologically advanced tourist destination where the dinosaurs are replaced with gunslinging androids. Visitors to Westworld pay a large sum to indulge in sexual and sometimes violent fantasies to the androids' detriment, who are reset at the end in preparation for a new wave of visitors. This being a classic Crichton techno-thriller, things don't go so smoothly as the androids become sentient and fed up with their mistreatment. Of course, chaos ensues. Ian Malcolm would be rolling in his grave.
Westworld has of course already had the big screen treatment by way of the classic 1973 film starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin.
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Now, in 2016 HBO is remaking this classic thriller with phenomenal talent behind and in front of the camera. In the role of the park's creator Dr. Robert Ford is Anthony Hopkins with Evan Rachel Wool as Dolores, an android resident of Westworld who discovers the truth and Ed Harris as the mysterious Gunslinger. The rebooted series is created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and produced by JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk.
When does Westworld air in Australia?
Westworld begins on HBO 9pm 2 October in the US. For Australians it airs 3 October at 11am every Monday through Foxtel. You can also catch it on Foxtel's streaming Foxtel Play service. Foxtel Play is currently offering a free two-week trial.