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Since HBO's Westworld announced it would halt production earlier this year, there have been little news of this eerie sci-fi series taking place in a futuristic amusement park. Thankfully, this week's South By South West (SXSW) entertainment festival is the kind of place where producers grace us with exciting new bits of shows that are yet to be revealed to the general public.

The never-tiring J. J. Abrams, one of the show's executive producers, took the opportunity to show exclusive footage of Westworld at SXSW during a conversation about technology and humanity in storytelling with The Jinx director Andrew Jarecki. Judging from Entertainment Weekly's report, it was a promising preview that should get you even more hyped for the show's release.

Discover The Park's Creepy Robot Factory


The new footage mostly showed the underground laboratory of the amusement park, which serves as a factory for robots who populate the park. Dr. Robert Ford, played by Anthony Hopkins, supervises the synthetic creations but some of them get out of control.

Which, as any decent TV show teaser should have it, leads him to drop a few ominous statements:

"Our creatures have been misbehaving."

The footage shows bits of violence between the artificial Western creatures, from cowboys shooting to Native Americans scalping each other. Ford concludes:

"You can’t play God without being acquainted with the Devil."

A High-Quality Production

What was already apparent from HBO's teaser trailer back in August and transpires even more in the new footage is the high quality of the show's production. The other-worldly nature of the park gives it an uncanny feeling, announcing a show that will certainly have you on the edge of your seat.

'Westworld' Coming Soon

The 1973 film
The 1973 film

Westworld is based on Michael Crichton's film of the same name from 1973. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Woods, it was created by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan and received a series order by HBO in 2014. Along with the two creators, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk produce the show, which was delayed in January to "get ahead with the writing," according to HBO.

Although no release date has been announced yet, the show is still expected to premiere in 2016.

Will you watch 'Westworld' when it comes out?

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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