Westworld renewed for a second season
HBO's lavish new drama Westworld has been renewed for a second season.
The show, which stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Luke Hemsworth, premiered earlier this year and has been well received during its first run, leading HBO to commit to a second series.
It is based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name and is set on in a fictional Westworld, a technologically advanced, Western-themed amusement park populated completely by synthetic androids who cater tpo wealthy guests. The guests who can do whatever they wish within the park, without fear of retaliation from the hosts.
Speaking about the decision, co-creators/showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said: "We’re thrilled that the saga of Westworld will continue for another season. During the lengthy journey to the screen, our incredibly talented actors, staff and crew became a family, and we look forward to the privilege of continuing this experience with them. We’re also thankful to all of our amazing partners at HBO, WBTV and Bad Robot for their steadfast support, imagination and ambition. We simply couldn't have made this show anywhere else."
Whether the show, which cost a reported $100 million to make, will return for a second run in 2017 or 2018 is currently unknown, with HBO programming head Casey Bloys already admitting that's the show's lengthy production schedule could see the premier of season two pushed to 2018.
The first season of Westworld will be available to pre-order on hmv.com in the coming months. You can check out the original movie in hmv's online store by clicking on the buy button on the right-hand side of the page.