We Finally Hear About Westworld From Lisa Joy

Up until now, we’ve heard one of the creators of the new Westworld talk at least a little bit about the series. That would be Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher Nolan, and a guy whose screenwriting career made it little doubt he’s attract the lion’s share of the early attention.

But he’s got a partner in this venture, and her name is Lisa Joy. Though not as well-known, she’s got impressive credentials of her own, writing episodes of Pushing Daisies and Burn Notice, as well as helping to co-producing 13 episodes of the latter series. She does not, however, have a Wikipedia page yet. Someone seriously needs to get on that.

She’s also Nolan’s wife, which makes this both a personal and professional team-up. Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly just talked to both Nolan and Joy, and we finally got some of her thoughts on Westworld.

On doing this concept as a TV series instead of a movie, like the original:

The glory of doing it as a series is that you get to kind of dance in the little spaces that were left unexplored. In a film, you only have a finite amount of time, and you’re so concerned with saying what happened and making it a gripping short story with a satisfying ending. But in a TV series, you can really take a novelistic approach and explore characters that you wouldn’t ordinarily see, in a level of complexity that you wouldn’t ordinarily get to explore just out of the sheer time constraints in a feature.

On what drew her to want to help write the show — which she does, as she’ll get writing credits for at least one episode:

I think [what] made us want to write this show is the same thing for actors wanting to perform in it—the ability to let loose and explore deeply the feelings within these characters.

And my personal favorite, her short but sweet answer as to whether we get to outside the park at all:

We do.

The entire interview is worth reading, as it’s as much insight as we’ve gotten from every other interview combined so far. Plus it’s simply great to hear from the co-creator, at last.

Now if she can just tell us when we should be expecting to see Westworld, that’d be great.