HBO Greenlights Sci-Fi Pilot Westworld From J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan

JJAbrams_300HBO is getting into the J.J. Abrams business.

The premium cable net has given a pilot order to Westworld, a drama inspired by the 1973 film of the same name, from Abrams‘ Bad Robot Productions and Person of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan.

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Written by Nolan and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), the project is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The potential series is set in the world conceived by the movie’s writer/director Michael Crichton.

Nolan will direct the pilot and exec-produce alongside Joy, Abrams, Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) and Bryan Burk (Revolution).