News broke over the weekend that the highly anticipated HBO sci-fi series Westworld has shut down production. And while that’s true and sounds like incredibly bad news, it’s actually the opposite.

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“As we head into the final phase of production on Westworld, we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” said a statement released by HBO. So basically, things were going well but writers Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) just wanted some time to finish the final four scripts.

So it’s a good thing. They don’t want to rush production just because they have to. They want to make the product as good as possible.

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The show will go back into production in March, according to Variety, and it still on track to premiere at some point this year.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Westworld is based on the 1973 movie by Michael Crichton. It’s about “the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

[Variety]


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