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:
Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know there was a sequel to Cloverfield coming out in March. Apparently nobody else did either. According to Wired, J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot crew somehow managed to sneak the filming of 10 Cloverfield Lane under the radar of pretty much everyone. Even with the surprise release of the trailer, there’s not much to go on, except that it stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr., and at least begins in some sort of underground bunker.
What awaits outside? Good question. But it looks like Goodman is about to find out.
Of course, what makes this even more interesting is that Abrams was able to pull this off in this age of pre-casting announcements, internet spies everywhere, leaked footage and trailers causing big-name studios to release trailers like this ahead of time, and years of build-up to even the least movies, so congrats to them on that.
Of course, they also had the advantage of having their involvement with a Certain Other Movie diverting attention away from what they were doing with this.
Anyway, here’s the trailer:
Of course, I suppose this also means I’m going to have to actually sit down and watch the original which I never actually got around to, (I really was not turned on by the “found footage” aspect of it) though from the looks of the new trailer that may not truly be necessary. Still, it has been on my “to watch” list, so I’m just using this as incentive.
And just for good measure, here’s one of the trailers for that one, too.