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HBO's Westworld suspends production

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HBO’s Westworld has gone offline — temporarily.

The network’s series take on the futuristic theme park thriller with an all-star cast has shut down production. Here’s a statement from HBO: “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.”

Just a couple weeks ago at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, HBO’s executives insisted the show was on track. But we keep hearing showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have struggled to figure out the best way to pull off the highly ambitious sci-fi drama, which behind the scenes has undergone cast changes, delays, and story adjustments. Still, several minutes of dialogue-free footage screened for critics last summer that was visually stunning.

According to Variety, the series is still targeting a 2016 premiere. The production was originally supposed to wrap in November, and now expects to resume in March. Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, and Ed Harris and is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 techno thriller about a theme park where visitors can indulge their wildest fantasies.

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