The highly anticipated television adaptation of Michael Crichton's iconic 1973 sci-fi film, Westworld, will finally premiere on HBO this fall, the network confirmed today.
The show has been in development for quite some time. It suffered a string of setbacks following controversial decisions regarding how actors were portrayed in explicit scenes, and a temporary shutdown on production that lasted a few months. Described by the network as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin," Westworld follows the aftermath of a robotic malfunction at an adult-themed amusement park set in the future.
The show includes a star-studded cast of award-winning actors, including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and Tessa Thompson. HBO has not given a specific premiere date for the show at this time.
High Maintenance, the half-hour adaptation of the acclaimed web series, will also debut this fall. Based in New York City, High Maintenance follows a weed dealer as he delivers pot to a string of interesting characters around the city. Co-creator Ben Sinclair will reprise his role as "The Guy" and will act as an executive producer on the show with fellow co-creator Katja Blichfeld.
Two other half-hour comedies, Insecure and Divorce, will join the two aforementioned series as a part of HBO's fall lineup. The first one "looks at the friendship of two black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations," according to the press release. The second, led by HBO alum Sarah Jessica Parker, follows a woman who decides to make a clean break from her longtime marriage only to discover being single is tougher than she thought.