In 1973, celebrated author and filmmaker Michael Crichton released Westworld, his visionary idea of what a theme park could be as human-looking androids fulfilled our every desire, and starred film icon Yul Brynner. 4 decades later, creators Jonathan and Lisa Joy Nolan are taking the concept to the next evolutionary step as Westworld can now be ‘fleshed’ out as a deeper concept that explores the vast array of potential and consequence from such advanced artificial intelligence.
While the series is creating buzz, what would have been the best way to take on a theatrical remake of this revolutionary film? Aaron and Troy are joined by Michael Ahr from DenOfGeek.com this week to take a closer look at the original film, Westworld. What works, what doesn’t, and most importantly – how would WE remake it for a modern audience? Join us for a fun episode as we debate numerous themes and ideas before ultimately settling on what we feel is the perfect modern reboot of a cult classic. By the end of this episode – We will Remake Westworld RIGHT!
Clips selected from the 1973 film, Westworld.
Be sure to follow along with Aaron and Troy as they discuss HBO’s Westworld TV series on their podcast, Beyond Westworld.
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An amusement park for rich vacationers. Delos provides its customers a way to live out their fantasies through the use of robots that provide anything they want. Two of the vacationers choose a wild west adventure in the appropriately named, Westworld. However, after a computer virus seemingly infects the androids, they find that they are now being stalked by a rogue robot gun-slinger.
What IS Remake This Movie RIGHT?
Remake This Movie RIGHT! is a bi-monthly podcast where we take a classic film that is actively being remade by Hollywood studio execs, and craft our own version for a modern retelling. Does the story need updating? Should characters or motives be tweaked? Do we need more muppets? We take all factors into account, concoct our singular film, and then offer a Final Pitch to you in movie trailer form. By the end of each episode, we will Remake This Movie RIGHT!
Our show is broken down into three distinct parts:
The Original: We discuss the original film’s impact on us and history, some quick trivia bits, what worked the best from the film and therefore must remain in our upcoming remake, as well as what didn’t work or what needs to be changed for today’s audiences. Most importantly, should this film even be remade?
The Remake: We put together our movie! What story do we want to tell, how close to the original will it be, who will star, and ultimately who should direct our eventual cinematic masterpiece? Our hosts work together to put together one cohesive movie, but there is one caveat – Each host has one ‘CUT!’ throughout the episode to employ, which could completely derail the entire film.
The Final Pitch: This is where we summarize our remake by utilizing the voice talents of voiceover artist Wayne Henderson and present our finished remake to you in movie trailer parody form!
Host | Contributor Information:
Aaron – The Hollywood Outsider | The Blacklist Exposed
Troy Heinritz – The Blacklist Exposed | Beyond Westworld
Michael Ahr – The Sandbox: An Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Podcast | 12 Monkeys Uncaged
Wayne Henderson – Media Voice-Overs | Voice-Over Journey Podcast | Packers Fan Podcast | Under the Dome Radio
Artwork by Dustin Baker – DustyGrafix
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