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Old July 23 2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abrams

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/22/an...37b372d61efa08

This is actually the second attempt at a TV adaptation of "Westworld", following the extremely short-lived "Beyond Westworld" show in 1980:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_Westworld
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Old July 23 2014, 01:07 PM   #2
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

"...produced by J.J. Abrams"

Sigh.
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Old July 23 2014, 01:38 PM   #3
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

Abrams or not, this is HBO. So Anthony Hopkins will actually be required to make an effort here. A promising change.
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Old July 23 2014, 05:47 PM   #4
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

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"...produced by J.J. Abrams"

Sigh.
Why the sigh? Shit - he's hot right now. He's the George Lucas and Steven Spielberg of today's sci-fi entertainment. I say go JJ - give us a great Wars flick and hopefully use the fact that this will be on HBO to your advantage. [see Game of Thrones for sex, nudity, and violence as your guide]
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Old July 23 2014, 05:53 PM   #5
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

I have to ask: Would a western-themed fantasy park really be a hot draw these days? Wouldn't ZombieWorld or SteamPunkWorld be more commercial?
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Old July 23 2014, 05:55 PM   #6
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I have to ask: Would a western-themed fantasy park really be a hot draw these days? Wouldn't ZombieWorld or SteamPunkWorld be more commercial?
Great point. Hopefully they will take some creative license and set the drama in at a minimum a theme park like Universal or Disney.
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Old July 23 2014, 06:09 PM   #7
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

I remember 20 years ago talk of a remake of the movie with the likes of Ahnuld and Clint rumoured for the Brynner role.

Not sure how well this neat but limited concept would lend itself to a series as oppose to 2 hour film. And didn't Crichton basically use the same plot for Jurassic Park?

Still, the combination of JJ, HBO and Hopkins (even when phoning it in, he's good value for money) means I'll give it a go anyway.
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Old July 23 2014, 06:32 PM   #8
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"...produced by J.J. Abrams"

Sigh.
That must be a sigh of contentment.

That Abrams is involved makes it more, rather than less, likely I'll watch it and like it (based, of course, of my great and continually increasing degree of satisfaction every time I watch one of his Trek films).
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Old July 23 2014, 06:47 PM   #9
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

Why not "Pornworld?" It's HBO...

JJ Abrams, for whatever one thinks of his Trek films, makes some good TV. I still wish Alias was on the air.
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Old July 23 2014, 07:08 PM   #10
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I saw the original Westworld on its release, and it was good at maintaining excitement and keeping you on the edge of your seat. The sequels, not so much. I won't be watching this, though it's because I don't have cable more than anything else.
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Old July 23 2014, 07:12 PM   #11
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

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Mister Fandango wrote: View Post
"...produced by J.J. Abrams"

Sigh.
That must be a sigh of contentment.

That Abrams is involved makes it more, rather than less, likely I'll watch it and like it (based, of course, of my great and continually increasing degree of satisfaction every time I watch one of his Trek films).
You like Abrams. He doesn't. What's your point?
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Old July 23 2014, 07:30 PM   #12
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Is this actually a show Abrams is hands-on with or is it a show being made by one of his friends that he's lending his name to in order to help it get made?
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Old July 23 2014, 08:04 PM   #13
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

HBO + Abrhams = good for me. Its a 95% and 5% split though in terms of my weighting.

I loved Westworld.
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Old July 23 2014, 08:09 PM   #14
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

ssosmcin wrote: View Post
Why not "Pornworld?" It's HBO...
Cinemax, actually...sometimes referred to as 'skin-e-max.'
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Old July 23 2014, 09:26 PM   #15
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Greg Cox wrote: View Post
I have to ask: Would a western-themed fantasy park really be a hot draw these days?
Where you can shoot people w/o repercussions? Yeah.
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