HBO’s series adaptation of Westworld has been delayed for a few months, adding to the growing list of delayed, high-profile HBO projects.
According to Variety, Westworld is closing down for a couple of months while writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy work on the final four screenplays to tie up the series. “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.
This is merely the latest in a string of delays and cancellations plaguing HBO these days. David Fincher’s Utopia series went through a roller coaster of on-again-off-again production delays before finally being scrapped altogether. Then there is Casey Affleck’s Lewis and Clark series, which was initially delayed but now has gone all the way back to the drawing board after creative differences upended any progress.
Despite the two-month delay, HBO still plans of having Westworld premiere in 2016. It’s reasonable; the show will wrap up shooting in November, with the majority of the season presumably already in the bag. We shall see if Nolan and hs writing team can get all their ducks in a row before they resume filming in March.