Few modern television projects have managed to embody the idea of "development hell" quite like HBO's Westworld. The premium cable update of the Michael Crichton classic has encountered delay after delay, with some truly bizarre controversies holding up production. At a certain point it began to look as though the sci-fi series would never see the light of day -- until now. Amid all of the chaos, it now seems that we finally know when Westworld will actually see the light of day.
We've just learned that HBO has finally announced a release date for the upcoming reboot of Westworld. It now looks like Jonathan Nolan's upcoming television project will premiere on Sunday, October 2 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. We were beginning to wonder whether or not the fantasy amusement park gone wrong would ever actually premiere, but now it seems that the wait will only last a few more months.
To call the production of Westworld complicated would be nothing short of an understatement. Delays and scheduling issues aren't anything new in the world of television production, but Westworld took it to another level with the bizarre nature of the controversies. Earlier this year we reported that production actually shut down on the project in order to give the series more time to get ahead on its writing.
This delay came after a widely reported -- and insanely odd -- story broke regarding the nature of nudity clauses in the contracts of Westworld extras. These clauses forced the extras to agree to a number of weird acts including, but not limited to: simulating oral sex, genital to genital touching, and having his or her genitals painted. This list goes on but I think you pretty much get the idea; the production of Westworld has been a wild ride to say the least.
Despite all of these setbacks, HBO has remained firm in its desire to bring the world an updated version of Westworld. Throughout all of the delays and controversies, the network has insisted that the series remains a high priority for the coming TV season. This makes a great deal of sense when we consider the fact that HBO has invested in bringing on an immense pool of talent. In front of the camera, Westworld features a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, and Ed Harris, with J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan producing the series.
Check out a trailer for Westworld below to see how far the production of the series has come in recent months:
All's well that ends well, I suppose. Westworld journey was nothing short of ridiculous, but in the end it looks like the series is shaping up to be a thoroughly entertaining ride.
We will keep you posted regarding any and all relevant details related to the upcoming season of Westworld as more information becomes available to us. The HBO project will premiere on October 2. For more information concerning all of the most highly anticipated fall TV debuts, make sure to check out our comprehensive fall premiere guide and mark your calendars appropriately.