HBO’s highly anticipated science fiction thriller media franchise ‘Westworld’ has been scrapped by the network after four seasons.
According to reports from Variety , the news comes just under three months after the series aired its Season 4 finale on August 14. Variety has learned that a number of considerations, including the high cost of production, declining ratings and an ongoing cross-board examination of programming at HBO’s new parent, Warner Bros. Discovery, took into account the decision to cancel the science fiction thriller.
According to Variety , the David Zaslav-led company has cut costs as part of a strategy to implement $3.5 billion in cost-cutting synergies over the following three years following the merger in April. Despite a disappointing third-quarter earnings report, HBO has several high-profile, big-budget dramas that show premium cable generally isn’t cutting corners, including ‘House of the Dragon,’ ‘Euphoria’ and the upcoming ‘The Last of Us’ adaptation. Zaslav has also emphasized the importance of healthy content spending.
The ‘Westworld’ cast, which included Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, Angela Sarafyan and James Marsden, was created by husband-and-wife producing team Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and was supervised by JJ Abrams. Daniel Wu, Ariana DeBose, and Aurora Perrineau were all newcomers to Season 4.
In October 2016, ‘Westworld’ made its debut. The TV series focused on the titular, highly sophisticated amusement park with artificial intelligence (“hosts”). The show expanded its scope outside of Westworld in Season 2 to nearby theme parks owned and operated by the same fictional dystopian company. It then ventured into the “real world” in all its futuristic glory in its third season. The fourth season of ‘Westworld’, which has eight episodes, debuted on June 26.
Since the premiere of ‘True Detective’ in 2014, HBO’s ‘Westworld’ series premiere has drawn the most viewers. After that, the sci-fi drama’s debut season became the most-watched HBO original debut season of all time. However, each season has seen a drop in viewership, with Season 4 seeing a particularly sharp drop.
HBO’s ‘Westworld’ was produced by Nolan and Joy along with Abrams, Alison Schapker, Denise The, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis and Ben Stephenson and is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton novel of the same name. According to Variety, the show received 54 Emmy nominations and won nine of them, including Newton’s award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2018.
In collaboration with Warner Bros. Television, ‘Westworld’ was produced by Nolan and Joy’s Kilter Films, which is currently covered by a comprehensive deal with Amazon Studios, and by Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, which is covered by an overall deal with WarnerMedia.