The 70s were a great time for science fiction movies, and the original West World from 1973 is one of my all-time favorites from that period. It starred Yul Brenner essentially reprising his role from The Magnificent Seven, along with James Brolin and Richard Benjamin. Appropriately downbeat for the era, the movie was written and directed by Michael Crichton. Unfortunately it was followed up by the shall we say “less than stellar” Futureworld and a television series that was axed after only three episodes.
Thus it’s with a little bit of trepidation that I’m approaching HBO’s upcoming reboot of the material as an ongoing series. Part of the problem is wondering how they’re going to go about keeping up the suspense over a longer period of time. Still, with the network’s track record, and with J.J. Abrams producing, writing and directing at least the first episode ans Christopher Nolan and Jerry Weintraub also behind the project, I’m more than willing to at least give it a shot, and this trailer certainly reassures that if nothing else the show is going to look good.
Here’s the new trailer: