This HBO’s popular TV series has shown an incredible, eerie, and complicated world of AIs and human beings. However, it is not an original idea but based on the movie of the same name released in 1973.
It was the first feature film that used digital image processing, and its concept- a high-tech amusement park running with a malfunctioned central control- which used by the writer of Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, who is also the writer of this film. Unlike the latest TV series, in the movie, it has Western World, Medieval World, and Roman World. Unsurprisingly, the story begins with Western World. Although HBO did introduce a new world, Shogun World, it’s very unlikely that we will see the other two worlds. After all, the trailer of season 3 already told us the story will be in the real world.
The film was a success on both critical reception and box office, which grossed $4 MM by the end of that year with a $1.2 MM budget (its total box office is $10 MM eventually,) and was nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Saturn awards. No doubt, its success brought a sequel to the world of course- Futureworld – released in 1976 but couldn’t compete with Westworld. Just like we have tons of sequels now and mostly sucks, apparently Hollywood has been repeating its mistake for decades but never learn a lesson.