Lisa Joy is setting up shop at Warner Bros. Television.
The executive producer of HBO’s upcoming drama Westworld has signed a multi-year overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the new pact, Joy will continue to serve as executive producer of the star-studded sci-fi series, which she developed with Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight)
Based on Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film, Westworld centers on an inventor (Anthony Hopkins in his first series regular role) who runs an adult amusement park populated by lifelike robots. The project boasts an A-list cast that also includes James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and Miranda Otto. The series is slated to premiere later this year.
Joy and Nolan co-wrote the pilot. They will exec produce with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk through their Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions, and Jerry Weintraub. Westworld hails from Bad Robot, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films.
Thanks to the impressive names involved, Westworld has quickly become one of the pay cable network’s most highly anticipated projects – filling the void left by recently departed dramas including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom.
Joy’s other credits include Burn Notice and Pushing Daisies – the latter for which she earned a Writers Guild Award nomination. On the film side, she sold a spec script titled Reminiscence to Legendary and is set to pen a female superhero project for Columbia Pictures.
She is repped by UTA and attorney Michael Schenkman.