Silver eyes remake of ‘Westworld’

Crichton consulted about direction of redux

The robots of Michael Crichton’s 1973 “Westworld” may be getting makeovers soon: Warner Bros.-based producer Joel Silver has enlisted Richard D’Ovidio to pen a remake of the pic.

Silver has been in conversations with Crichton about the direction the remake will take, though it’s unclear what involvement the director-writer will have.

Via his Silver Pictures, Silver plans to make the pic a priority; it’s not certain whether it is aimed for production prior to the potential actors’ and writers’ strikes.

Updated look

D’Ovidio, who recently penned the Silver-produced “Exit Wounds,” starring Steven Seagal, has been keen on remaking “Westworld” for years. In the original pic, which starred Yul Brynner, Westworld is one of three gigantic theme parks built in what is left of the American outdoors. The remake will be fairly true to the original, though sources said the producers plan on adding a modern twist and certainly, with today’s digital technology, advancing the look of the robots.

D’Ovidio also penned “Ace in the Hole,” an action pic in development at Intermedia.

Project will be overseen for Silver Pics by prexy of production Dan Cracchiolo and for Warner Bros. by Jeff Rabinov.

The scribe is repped by Emile Gladstone and Brian Sher of Broder, Kurland, Webb & Uffner, manager Jeff Graup of Group Entertainment, and attorney Jeff Frankel of Colden, McKuin & Frankel.

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