You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Shuts Down Production, Still Targeting 2016 Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety.

The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to wrap in November, is now set to resume in March.

“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 HBO in a statement.

Sources tell Variety the shutdown is temporary and that HBO is confident that the series will make its targeted premiere date. HBO has yet to specify a date beyond saying it will air in 2016.

The one-hour drama, inspired by the 1973 film starring Yul Brynner, is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” The series stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton.

When “Westworld” was first ordered to series in November 2014 (the pilot was greenlit in 2013), HBO was targeting a 2015 premiere date, which it promoted with several Vines:

The production has faced earlier questions about graphic sex scenes, when background actors employed on the production were required to sign a document agreeing to possibly “perform genital-to-genital touching.” HBO issued a statement placing blame on an external casting agency, and resolved the issue with SAG-AFTRA by revising the document.

The project hails from Warner Bros. TV, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Jerry Weintraub Productions. Abrams and Bryan Burk also executive produce.

More TV

  • Saturday Night Live Hallelujah

    'Saturday Night Live' Adds Three Featured Players

    Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety. The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to […]

  • ESPN

    ESPN Reorganizes Content Team

    Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety. The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to […]

  • Sofia Vergara Highest Paid TV Actress

    Sofia Vergara Tops Forbes List of Highest-Paid TV Actresses for Sixth Consecutive Year

    Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety. The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to […]

  • Kris Jenner

    Kris Jenner on 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' 10th Anniversary and if Show Will Ever End

    Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety. The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to […]

  • Fox News' Sean Hannity Tops MSNBC's

    Fox News' Sean Hannity Tops MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in First 9 p.m. Matchup

    Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety. The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to […]

  • JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT -

    TV Ratings: Kimmel Opens Season With Demo Win Over Fallon, Colbert

    Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety. The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to […]

  • 'Star Trek: Discovery' Drives CBS Mobile

    'Star Trek: Discovery' Drives CBS Mobile App Downloads Up by 64% (Study)

    Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety. The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to […]

More From Our Brands