Both the HBO series and Steven Spielberg film stem from Michael Crichton, who penned the Jurassic Park book, in addition to writing and directing the original Westworld film from 1973. They both feature “a theme park populated with things from the past that 8-year-olds love.” They also have “an old, white-haired British guy” as the park’s creator: Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Ford and Richard Attenborough as Dr. Hammond.
EW asked Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy about these comparisons shortly after the premiere episode. “The sad thing is I don’t think I’ve seen Jurassic Park,” she said. “Not that it’s not an amazing movie, I literally didn’t watch film or TV until I was 23 or something. I have a lot of catching up to do. However, we did have a lot of influences from Prospero to the idea of Walt Disney, and we thought about theme parks and how that would work. And he’s this classic Promethean figure. It’s a bit of an archetype, but with Tony, nothing’s fully archetypal, because he always brings his own twist and sparkle to it.”
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Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.