HBO Developing TV Adaption of Michael Crichton's Westworld

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Yul Brynner | Photo Credits: MGM/The Kobal Collection

J.J. Abrams is helping bring a big screen sci-fi classic to the small screen.

The Star Trek director is teaming up with Lost executive producer Bryan Burk and longtime film producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean's Eleven) to adapt Michael Crichton's 1973 movie Westworld as a TV drama, has confirmed.

HBO has committed to producing a pilot of Westworld, which is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

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Written and directed by Crichton, the original film was set in the near future at a high-tech, highly realistic amusement part called Delos that features androids that are nearly identical to human beings. The film, which starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin, led to a sequel, Futureworld, and a short-lived TV series, Beyond Westworld, which aired on CBS in 1980.

Plans to remake the film, with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring, were first reported in 2007. However, the remake's director, Tarsem Singh, eventually left the project.

Person of Interest's Jonathan Nolan will also executive-produce, write and direct the project. Lisa Joy will serve as a writer and executive producer. Kathy Lingg will be a co-executive producer and Athena Wickham is attached as a producer.

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