Beyond Westworld is a 1980 television series that carried on the
stories of the two feature films, Westworld and Futureworld.
The story revolved around Delos Corporation Security Chief John Moore
having to stop the evil scientist Quaid as he planned to use the robots
in Delos to try to take over the world. Despite being nominated for two
Emmys (Outstanding Achievement In Makeup, and Outstanding Art Direction
for a Series), only five episodes were produced, and only three of them
were aired before cancellation.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Westworld is a 1973 American science fiction Western thriller film
written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton about amusement park
androids that malfunction and begin killing visitors. It stars Yul
Brynner as an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park, and
Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as guests of the park. The film served
as Crichton's directorial debut. It was also the first feature film to
use digital image processing to pixellate photography to simulate an
android point of view. The film was nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and
Saturn awards. Westworld was followed by a sequel, Futureworld (1976),
and a short-lived television series, Beyond Westworld (1980). A
television series based on the film debuted in 2016.
Beyond Westworld - Script - Netflix
MGM had a bad reputation among filmmakers; in recent years, directors as
diverse as Robert Altman, Blake Edwards, Stanley Kubrick, Fred Zinneman
and Sam Peckinpah had complained bitterly about their treatment there.
There were too many stories of unreasonable pressure, arbitrary script
changes, inadequate post production, and cavalier recutting of the final
film. Nobody who had a choice made a picture at Metro, but then we
didn't have a choice. Dan Melnick... assured [us]... that we would not
be subjected to the usual MGM treatment. In large part, he made good on
Crichton said pre-production was difficult. MGM demanded script changes
up to the first day of shooting and the leads were not signed until 48
hours before shooting began. Crichton said he had no control over
casting and MGM originally would only make the film for under a million
dollars but later increased this amount by $250,000. Crichton said that
$250,000 of the budget was paid to the cast, $400,000 to the crew and
the remainder on everything else (including $75,000 for sets).
Crichton said he did not wish to make his directorial debut with science
fiction but, “That's the only way I could get the studio to let me
direct. People think I'm good at it I guess.” Crichton's agent
introduced him to Paul Lazarus III and they became friends and decided
to make a film together. The script was written in August 1972. Lazarus
says he asked Crichton why he did not tell the story as a book; Crichton
said he felt the story was visual, and would not really work as a book.
The script was offered to all the major studios. They all turned down
the project except for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, then under head of
production Dan Melnick and president James T. Aubrey. Crichton:
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