J.J. Abrams' new TV project may be his best in 5 years — here's why
With a few other hit shows under his belt, it wasn't until 2004 when J.J. Abrams rose to the top. His twisted and enthralling Lost made him the king of modern sci-fi.
But, when the show ended in 2010, Abrams couldn't seem to continue capitalizing in the TV world.
Of course, his movie reign has grown to an untouchable status. With both the Star Trek and the Star Wars franchises now under his belt (Star Wars just wrapped filming), Abrams has even surpassed the likes of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in the sci-fi blockbuster department.
Full disclosure: Working on Star Trek Into Darkness was one of my first jobs out of college, so I'm admittedly biased. I have an immense respect for Abrams and the entire Bad Robot crew. That being said, I don't think anyone can argue Abrams' sci-fi influence isn't a monopoly at this point in the movie game.
Now, while Abrams has banked on his movie career, we've all secretly hoped in the days since Lost that he would bring a story to the small screen with as much staying power as Lost had. So far (sorry, J.J. and friends), it hasn't happened.
Don't get me wrong, I can definitely get into some Fringe, Person of Interest and Almost Human, but those shows just haven't quite managed to reach that cult obsessive status Lost attained.
Don't worry; it seems that the time has finally arrived now that J.J. Abrams and HBO have announced their new project, Westworld.
The show, which has yet to be disclosed as a miniseries or full show, will have some huge stars attached, including Sir Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris in the leads. James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Shannon Woodward and Simon Quarterman will also star.
Aside from the crazy-impressive cast, the story also sounds really intriguing and unique.
Westworld is based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was directed by Michael Crichton. Insterstellar cowriter, Jonathan Nolan, is set to write the episodes. While the original film is set at a futuristic adult amusement park thrown into terror by some crazy robot malfunctions, the HBO series is described as, "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," according to Reuters.
HBO has yet to announce how many episodes we can expect and an exact airdate, but suffice it to say, we're itching to hear more.