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Old July 23 2014, 09:31 PM   #16
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Re: HBO's "Westworld", starring Anthony Hopkins/produced by J.J. Abram

"The Westworld Assassination of Jesse James by the Robot Coward Robert Ford."
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Old July 23 2014, 09:55 PM   #17
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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?
According to the article, the co-producers of "Westworld" are frequent Abrams collaborator Bryan Burk, Jonathan Nolan (known for his work with his brother Christopher as well as "Person of Interest"), and Jerry Weintraub (producer of Clooney's Ocean's movies).

So, this basically the same production team from "Person of Interest", supplemented by Weintraub.

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Old July 23 2014, 10:44 PM   #18
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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).
You like Abrams. He doesn't. What's your point?
My point? That I like Abrams' work. If it's okay to announce one's dislike of it, than surely it is just as ok to announce one's appreciation of it.
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Old July 23 2014, 11:10 PM   #19
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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.
There was only one movie sequel, FutureWorld,and, yeah, it wasn't very good. I barely remember the short-lived TV series.

I figure they're going to have to tweak the plot of the new version some--or clueless people are going to think they're ripping off Jurassic Park!
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Old July 23 2014, 11:15 PM   #20
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I just hope they don't go overboard with CGI - hopefully there's no reason to. The original is a great, suspenseful film.
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Old July 24 2014, 01:29 AM   #21
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This surely ought to be a cgi-free zone; the whole point of Westworld (and other attractions in the same venue) would be that it's 'real', physical, not just good stuff on a 3d screen.
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Old July 24 2014, 06:28 PM   #22
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I always liked the Michael Crichton film Westworld, not Futureworld. Hopefully, J.J. and HBO will make Westworld a successful series. The premise of the original was fascinating.
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This surely ought to be a cgi-free zone; the whole point of Westworld (and other attractions in the same venue) would be that it's 'real', physical, not just good stuff on a 3d screen.
But they'll have to show a suitably 'distressed' Gunslinger as it continues to attack, even after a lot of its exterior has been burned away.
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Old July 25 2014, 06:51 AM   #24
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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.
"Westworld" is actually only a part of the larger amusement park named Delos so ZombieWorld, et. al. are distinct possibilities.
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