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Westworld is an American science fictionthriller media franchise. It began in 1973 with the release of the film Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton. It depicts a technologically advanced, Western-themed amusement park populated by androids that malfunction and begin killing the human visitors.

It was followed by the sequel film Futureworld (1976).

In 1980 there was a short-lived television series, Beyond Westworld. A new television series from HBO, based on the original film, debuted on October 2, 2016.

Film series[edit]


Westworld (1973)[edit]

Main article: Westworld (film)

Westworld was the first theatrical feature novelist Michael Crichton directed, after one TV movie.[1] It was also the first feature film to use digital image processing, to pixellate photography to simulate an android point of view.[2] The film was nominated for Hugo, Nebula and Saturn awards. The film was well received by critics.[3]

The story is about the amusement park robots that malfunction and begin killing visitors. It stars Yul Brynner as an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park, and Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as guests of the park.

Futureworld (1976)[edit]

Main article: Futureworld

Futureworld is the sequel to the Michael Crichton film. The sequel stars Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, Stuart Margolin, John Ryan, and Yul Brynner, who makes a cameo appearance in a dream sequence. Other than Brynner, none of the cast members from the original film appear, and original writer-director Crichton was not involved.[4]

The story is set two years after the Westworld tragedy, with the Delos corporation having reopened the park. The story starts when newspaper reporter Chuck Browning (Peter Fonda) and TV reporter Tracy Ballard (Blythe Danner) are invited to review the park.[4]

Principal cast[edit]

Characters Film
The Gunslinger Yul Brynner
Peter Martin Richard Benjamin
John Blane James Brolin
Chuck Browning Peter Fonda
Tracy Ballard Blythe Danner
Dr. Duffy Arthur Hill
Dr. Schneider John P. Ryan
Harry Stuart Margolin


Role Film
Director Michael Crichton Richard T. Heffron
Producer Paul N. Lazarus III Paul N. Lazarus III and James T. Aubrey
Screenplay Michael Crichton Mayo Simon and George Schenck
Composer Fred Karlin
Editor David Bretherton James Mitchell
Cinematographer Gene Polito Howard Schwartz and Gene Polito
Running time 88 minutes 104 minutes

Television series[edit]

Beyond Westworld (1980)[edit]

Main article: Beyond Westworld

Beyond Westworld is an American science fiction thriller television series created by Michael Crichton, which carried on the stories of the two feature films Westworld and Futureworld.[5] The series stars Jim McMullan as Security Chief John Moore of the Delos Corporation. The story revolved around Moore having to stop the evil scientist, Quaid, as he planned to use the robots in Delos to try to take over the world.[6]

Beyond Westworld premiered on March 5, 1980 on the network television channel CBS in the United States.

The show was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup and Outstanding Art Direction For a Series, but only five episodes were produced, and only three of them were aired before cancellation.

Westworld (2016–present)[edit]

Main article: Westworld (TV series)

Westworld is an American science fiction thriller television series created by husband-wife duo Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Nolan serves as executive producer along with Joy, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk.[7] The series takes place in fictional Westworld, a technologically advanced, Western-themed amusement park populated completely by synthetic androids dubbed "Hosts". Westworld caters to high-paying visitors dubbed "Newcomers" (also known as "Guests"), who can do whatever they wish within the park, without fear of retaliation from the Hosts.

Westworld premiered on October 2, 2016 on the cable television channel HBO in the United States.[8]

The series has been well received.[9][10] The series has also attained strong Nielsen ratings for HBO, with the U.S. series premiere attracting 1.96 million viewers.[11]


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  2. ^ A Brief, Early History of Computer Graphics in Film, Larry Yaeger, 16 Aug 2002 (last update), retrieved 24 March 2010
  3. ^ "Westworld (1973)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Variety Staff. December 31, 1975. "Futureworld", Variety.
  5. ^ "Beyond Westworld". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Beyond Westworld DVD news: Announcement for Beyond Westworld - The Complete Series - TVShowsOnDVD.com". 
  7. ^ Gelman, Vlada (August 31, 2013). "HBO Greenlights Sci-Fi Pilot Westworld From J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan". TVLine. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ Prudom, Laura (July 30, 2016). "'Westworld,' 'Divorce,' 'Insecure' Set HBO Premiere Dates". Variety. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Westworld: Season 1 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Westworld: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ Holloway, Daniel (October 3, 2016). "TV Ratings: 'Westworld' Premiere Matches 'True Detective' Season 1". Variety. Retrieved October 10, 2016.