Westworld: First trailer airs
Though billed by HBO as a “teaser,” below is the first footage that resembles a real trailer for HBO’s Westworld.
The teaser aired Sunday night just before the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, and is full of tense, creepy sci-fi action. “These violent delights have violent ends,” threatens one theme park android played by Evan Rachel Wood. Check it out above.
The long-awaited series, based on the 1973 film by Michael Crichton, is set to debut on HBO this fall. “Our show is about the robots who don’t realize they’re in a fake Western,” showrunner Jonathan Nolan said during a panel at the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas earlier this month. Nolan added, “It was actually Game of Thrones that made us feel like we could pull this off. We actually pitched this as making Days of Heaven and Alien simultaneously and then cutting them together. Game of Thrones was the inspiration for this. Thrones had this commitment to practical production value, which is not necessarily whats in vogue these days … [Westworld] had to have this big scope.”
Crichton’s original film focused on what happens when androids at an adult-themed amusement park revolt after a malfunction. The reboot shifts the focus to the androids, who are used to fulfill the dark fantasies of the human visitors.