HBO have unveiled the first trailer for their new drama, Westworld, based on the 1973 film of the same name. Written by Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) and Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest), it takes place in an amusement park and is described as a ‘dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness’. Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) heads up the cast, which also includes Ed Harris (Apollo 13), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood), Thandie Newton (Rogue), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings).
The CW is jumping on the feature film adaptation bandwagon and has announced it is developing a series based on The Notebook. The hugely popular film, itself adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, starred Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as two star-crossed lovers attempting to build a life together in the late 1940s.
Not to be left out, CBS is also developing a series based on Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day. Fuqua is on board to direct the pilot, which is set in the LAPD, fifteen years after the events of the 2001 film. So far, there’s been no word on whether original stars Ethan Hawke or Denzel Washington would appear.
BBC have released the first pictures from their upcoming epic adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The six part series has been written by Andrew Davies (Mr. Selfridge) and boasts a ridiculous cast including Gillian Anderson (The Fall), Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter), Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine), Lily James (Cinderella), James Norton (Happy Valley) and Tom Burke (The Musketeers). Check out the pictures for a first look at Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov, Lily James as Natasha Rostov and James Norton as Prince Andrei.
FX has handed out a renewal to its vampire drama The Strain, based on the trilogy of novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Thirteen episodes have been ordered for the show’s third season, which will air sometime in 2016.
FX also announced that Louis C.K. is taking an ‘extended hiatus’ from his hit show Louie to focus on other comedy projects, including new series Better Things which stars his Louie co-star Pamela Adlon. It’s unclear how long the break will last, but hopefully we’ll see the sixth season of Louie in the not too distant future.
Netflix has renewed its ambitious drama Sense8 for a second season. The world-spanning series hails from Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) and follows eight characters from across the globe who suddenly find themselves connected to one another.
Finally, NBC have confirmed that they are indeed working on a reboot of the cult classic Xena: Warrior Princess. The project is in very early stages at the moment, with no script yet in place.