Robot cowboys sound brilliant, or at least they did until Cowboys & Aliens got released. But they did work in the 1973 film Westworld. And now HBO has announced it's remaking the film as a series starring Anthony Hopkins.

Normally remakes send a shiver down our spines. But Westworld was such a great idea, that could have been so much more with more time and better special effects. So spanning it over a series, made by the mighty budget of HBO, and starring Anthony Hopkins should mean a show that's great in its own right.

The original Westworld was about a robot world that people could pay to visit on holiday to live out their dreams. Whether it be fighting like a cowboy without fear of being hurt, or living in Roman or medieval times. Of course the robots turn evil and start hurting humans and the frightening Yul Brynner, who plays a cowboy, stalks the protagonist across all the worlds.

The plot is being developed by the aptly named Bad Robot productions, the company of J.J. Abrams. And if that wasn't a big enough name drop, Jonathan Nolan – brother of Dark Knight director Chris Nolan – is onboard too. Anthony Hopkins will be playing the theme park's creative director and programmer.

Initially HBO will make a pilot and if that gets approved the full series will go into production. Fingers and toes crossed then.

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