There are no sure things in television, but HBO's latest series, "Westworld," has stacked the deck in its favor with top-drawer talent.
The cable channel announced Monday that it was taking the remake of writer-director Michael Crichton's 1973 science-fiction thriller to series.
Set in a futuristic amusement park -- the type of locale Crichton mined again in "Jurassic Park" -- the film featured a robotic Wild West gunman, played by Yul Brynner, whose programming goes wonky, causing him to attack the guests.
Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote "Interstellar" with his brother, Christopher, and created the CBS thriller "Person of Interest," co-wrote and executive produced the remake along with writer Lisa Joy.
Nolan, who is also adapting Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" novels for into a series for HBO, directed the pilot.
The series is expected to premiere sometime in 2015.
Rather than the standard teaser, HBO relased a short Vine video online to give a flavor of the series.
Looks like "Deadwood" ... with killer robots. How can that go wrong?