Just before tonight's season finale of True Detective, HBO rolled out the first teaser for next year's Westworld, and...well, it's a classic good news/bad news situation. The good news is, what's here looks great; this is precisely the sort of high-quality genre mash-up I've been hoping for ever since the project was announced. The bad news? There's only 30 seconds of it (and, as previously noted, it's advertising a series we won't be getting until next year). But let's not let that get in the way of a little hype:
Per Variety, the series is billing itself as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin", and is presumed to follow the same basic plot of the 1973 Michael Crichton film that inspired it. If you've never heard of Westworld, you'll probably be delighted to learn that the film revolves around a futuristic, western-themed amusement park populated by robot cowboys who start using humans for target practice. It's basically the best plotline of all time, not counting Crichton's other "humans get hunted by anachronisms in a futuristic amusement park" story.
This version's being produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, with Jonathan Nolan directing. In front of the camera, you've got a murderer's row of talent, including Anthony Hopkins, Eion Bailey, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, and Ed frigging Harris.
No word yet on a specific air date for this one, but we'll be keeping you informed. This looks right up BMD's alley.