HBO has officially ordered Westworld to series—a decision that no doubt comes as a relief to Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and the many others already cast on the show, who otherwise would’ve had to continue playing make-believe cowboy robots in their backyards for no pay, like the rest of us do. As previously reported, the series is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, about a futuristic amusement park where tourists can experience the thrill of being shot at by robots dressed like cowboys. (A thrill they would hitherto have had to experience vicariously through watching said movie, or the short-lived TV series Beyond Westworld.)
Co-written and directed by Jonathan Nolan, HBO announced the pickup by releasing the above image, a reference to Once Upon A Time In The West that is likely the name of the Wild West section of the park. HBO then posted a Vine confirming the 2015 premiere, because its social media consultant assured it that Vines are totally 2015, and presumably killer robots also love posting six-second blips of their murder sprees.