Westworld Creators Reveal Reason for 2-Month Production Shutdown

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The immense scale and scope of HBO’s Westworld became too big for even its creators.

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour Saturday, exec producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy explained the reason behind the sci-fi drama’s two-month production halt earlier this year. “They’re not kidding when they say it’s not TV, it’s HBO,” Nolan told reporters. “It’s really ambitious both in terms of its narrative and its production value. We needed to catch up, we needed to write ahead.”

Despite the (presumably) enormous financial ramifications associated with shutting down a production as large as Westworld‘s, HBO and Warner Bros. fully supported Nolan’s desire to hit the pause button. “They wanted us to have all the time we needed to make the show as great as it could be,” he shared.

The stoppage came six episodes into the series’ 10-episode first season.

Westworld — which stars Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright — premieres Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c on HBO.