Westworld is a series full with intriguing ideas. But did die-hard fans realize how much work went into it?
HBO’s Westworld, which premiered in 2016 to tremendous acclaim, has not evolved into the network’s Game of Thrones. Westworld is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name (including the western, sci-fi, and dystopian futurism).
The show’s complicated plot, interwoven timeframes, and characterizations drew criticism from viewers. While it hasn’t reached the heights of mainstream culture like HBO’s Game of Thrones or Euphoria, this thought-provoking series tackles what it means to be human.
Jonathan Nolan And Lisa Joy Married
The original Westworld idea was conceived by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton for his 1973 film, but the current series is the work of Jonathan Nolan (Christopher Nolan’s brother) and Lisa Joy. Many people are unaware that the creative duo is married.
They met on the red carpet of Christopher Nolan’s Memento (via The Guardian) and married in 2009. Westworld is their first artistic collaboration.
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The 1973 Michael Crichton film Westworld is hardly a classic. Despite a sequel and a TV series, the film is not a sci-fi classic like Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, or Silent Running. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy adapted the series for HBO, using influence from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner to bring the android hosts to life.
This is evident in Westworld’s references to Blade Runner. A lot of the handling of the android hosts and their connection with their creator is inspired by Blade Runner. The importance of the eye in Westworld’s opening theme is also echoed in Blade Runner’s investigation of human-Replicant relationships.
Before Westworld, there were plans for a movie reboot.
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Around the time of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Arnold was cast in a remake of the 1973 Michael Crichton film. “I adored the original picture when I watched it in 1973 and wanted to replicate it for numerous years,” Arnold said of the unmade movie (via Variety). That remake never happened, and the idea sat dormant for almost a decade until Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy revived it in 2013.
Clint Eastwood Could Have Played The Man In Black
It’s no secret that Westworld is inspired by John Wayne and the spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s. Westworld’s visual language and aesthetic are influenced by those classic Westerns. If Westworld filmmakers’ hopes had come true, Clint Eastwood’s portrayal of The Man in Black would have furthered the relationship.
The Man in Black (Ed Harris) is one of the show’s most brutal characters. Harris’ persona is a warped reversal of the conventional paradigm of the cowboy character, which might explain why Eastwood passed on the job. For decades, Eastwood has been hailed as the ultimate Western hero. Eastwood may not have been keen on subverting this legacy in Westworld.
The Opening Galloping Horse Is A Reference To Moving Pictures Origin
Westworld Opening Credits – Horse Running Westworld pays tribute to movie history in several ways. There are plenty of nods to films like Blade Runner, The Magnificent Seven, and 1960s spaghetti westerns. The galloping horse in the opening titles may have escaped cinephiles.
The Horse in Motion (1878) by Eadweard Muybridge depicts a horse in motion. Its presence in Westworld’s opening theme pays attention to artifice and the history of cinematic language, which Westworld strongly pulls from.
Originally cast as Logan, Eion Bailey dropped out.
The actor’s resignation was not attributed to a schedule difficulty, but considering the short time between his hiring and leaving the program, something else may have happened behind the scenes. Ben Barnes would later portray Logan in The Punisher.
Elizabeth watches as Booker fires in Bioshock 4. While Westworld draws extensively from cinema’s history and culture, it is also greatly inspired by gaming. The Westworld theme park’s open-world design, colorful NPCs, and host tales are heavily influenced by current open-world video games. The show’s creators, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, have recognized this.
They said titles like Red Dead Redemption and Bioshock: Infinite profoundly influenced the setting of Westworld. It influenced Jonathan Nolan so much that he contacted Bioshock developer Ken Levine and discussed non-player characters with him.
Game Of Thrones Opening Team Created The Iconic Opening
The classic opening of Westworld is one of the most aesthetically striking. The introduction of Westworld graphically displays several of the show’s themes, set to music by Ramin Djawadi. The introduction of the show is crucial to our comprehension of it.
HBO recruited the services of Elastic, the same firm that created the classic Game of Thrones introduction (via Vanity Fair). Patrick Clair also worked on the opening themes for True Detective and Daredevil on HBO.
Sigourney Weaver is coming back for Avatar 2 CRAZY!
In the first Avatar, Weaver’s scientist character died, but now she’s back as the protagonists’ adopted Na’vi daughter.
We were all surprised when we heard about 17 billion years ago that Sigourney Weaver would be back for James Cameron’s Avatar sequels (even more so than with the idea of there being multiple Avatar sequels). But now that we know how Weaver is going to come back, we’re even more confused.
Empire magazine has said that Weaver will play a completely different character in Avatar: The Way of Water. In the first movie, she played Dr. Grace Augustine, the creator of the Human-Na’vi switcheroo Avatar Program, who died at the end. And no, it’s not a human. It’s Jake and Neytiri’s daughter, who is about to turn 16.
Weaver will play Kiri, Jake and Neytiri’s adopted daughter. It looks like we’ll meet a lot of Jake and Neytiri’s family in The Way of Water. Weaver told Empire what it was like to play a digitized blue teenager, “I think we all pretty much remember how we felt when we were that age.” “Oh, yes, I do. When I was 11, I was 5’10” or 5’11” tall. I was sure Kiri would feel uncomfortable a lot of the time. She wants to find out who she is. When Jim gave me that task, I was thrilled.
Now, adults play children all the time, especially in the world of voice acting, and at least one of the photos Empire released of Kiri makes it look like Weaver will also show up as Dr. Augustine again in some way, probably through old footage. But knowing that the Na’vi are mostly brought to life by fancy mocap rigs, it will be strange to see Weaver’s physical performance put on a teenager. Even though he is a blue alien teen with long arms and legs, he is still a teen.
The movie Avatar: The Way of Water will come out in December 2022.
Disney will show new scenes from “Avatar: The Way of Water”
Disney started its CineEurope presentation in Barcelona today with 12 minutes of footage from July’s Marvel fourquel Thor: Love and Thunder. Throughout the show, Disney showed trailers and looks at its other upcoming movies, including four never-before-seen scenes from James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water.
Before the Thor footage, Disney’s Head of Global Theatrical Distribution Tony Chambers talked about the importance of immersive storytelling and the studio’s “robust, diverse slate.” This was followed by about 60 minutes of footage that was introduced by EMEA Head of Theatrical Distribution Nick Rush and EMEA Head of Studio Marketing Lee Jury.
There were prerecorded messages from people like Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who said, “It feels like we’re just getting started, even after 14 years.” As he introduced the Love And Thunder scenes, Thor star Chris Hemsworth said he wished he was in Barcelona, where the sangria “always tastes better.”
Harrison Ford sent a video for Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5, saying that it had been 13 years since the last movie and that it was “time to put on the fedora and crack the whip.”
We also saw parts of Haunted Mansion, Pixar’s Elemental and Strange World, and the ensemble Amsterdam, which was directed by David O. Russell for New Regency.
Sam Mendes sent a video about Empire Of Light by Searchlight. The director of 1917 said that after making that movie, he wrote this one during lockdown. He said it was a “extremely personal story” about music, movies, and finding love in strange places.
Rebecca Kearey, the international head of Searchlight, showed a trailer for See How They Run, which stars Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan, and a teaser for The Banshees of Inisherin, which stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, directed by Martin McDonagh. Searchlight also showed the first scene of Chevalier, which is about the son of an African slave and a French plantation owner who grows up to be a famous composer in France.
The next movie by Thor director Taika Waititi, Next Goal Wins, got an eight-minute sneak peek. The movie is about the American Samoa soccer team. In 2001, they lost to Australia 31-0, which was the worst loss in World Cup history. Michael Fassbender takes over as their new coach.
Disney’s show ended with a visit from Avatar producer Jon Landau, who flew from New Zealand to Barcelona to talk about the next movie in the series. He said that Avatar: The Way of Water was in the final stages of post-production and that it was important to be in Barcelona “to show our support for the exhibition community.”
Landau said that the strength of James Cameron’s scripts is that they have universal themes. “There is nothing more relatable than family,” he said before showing a message from Cameron.
Cameron from New Zealand said that the people working on Avatar were “pushing the limits even further… Every shot is made for the biggest screen and best resolution that can be achieved… I think this is what people want.” He also said, “Our business is not going away.”
Sigourney Weaver Reveals Her Unconventional Role in ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’
Weaver will portray Jake and Neytiri’s adoptive child.
Many pondered what type of role Sigourney Weaver would have in the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar after the death of her character, Dr. Grace Augustine, who was the leader of the Avatar Program in the previous film. Finally, in an Empire Magazine exclusive, Weaver shared insights about the role she will portray in Avatar: The Way of Water, as well as a new photograph from the film.
Weaver announced to Empire Magazine that she would play Kiri, the adoptive daughter of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaa), in the film. “I believe we all remember what we were experiencing as teens,” Weaver told Empire Magazine exclusively. “I most definitely do. When I was 11, I was 5′ 10″ or 5′ 11″. I had a strong feeling Kiri would be uncomfortable a lot of the time. She’s trying to figure out who she is. Jim’s assignment of that task excited me.”
A fresh picture, which adds to the character’s mystery, has also been unveiled, hinting at some type of link that Kiri would have with Grace. Kiri is seen inside a lab, staring at a monitor with a recording of Grace on it. Despite not being biologically connected to Jake and Neytiri, Kiri seems to have human traits that other Na’vi do not have, such as five digits and eyebrows, adding to the character’s mystery.
With an obvious link between the two, as well as both characters being performed by the same actor, viewers can only guess on how significant Kiri’s involvement will be in the plot. The character will also appear on a subscriber-exclusive cover of Empire Magazine, which depicts her swimming underwater appreciating Pandora’s aquatic life, as shown in the first teaser.
Weaver and Cameron will work together again for Avatar: The Way of Water, having previously played Ellen Ripley in Aliens and Grace in the first Avatar film. Along with Weaver, Stephen Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch, the man responsible for Grace’s death, in the sequel. Quaritch, like Weaver’s character, perished in the first film, fueling curiosity regarding his participation in Avatar: The Way of Water. While the roles of both actors remain unknown, fan speculation may continue until the highly anticipated film is released later this year.
On December 16, Avatar: The Way of Water will be released exclusively in cinemas.
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