This recently released short takes you behind the ideas for HBO’s revival of the classic 1973 film Westworld. Current technology and people’s growing comfort with it invading every corner of our lives gives this remake a much more believable feel. We’re seeing a resurgence of VR technology and this take on the scifi/western classic expounds upon that particular direction of technological evolution.
The execution of this concept is both beautiful and slightly sinister, which is very much the point of the project. Allowing people to live another life outside of their own, normal lives gives them the opportunity to see sides of themselves they may have never known existed. It also removes some of the inhibitions people normally practice, giving rise to some interesting results.
It’s also nice to see a Western on TV again.