Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Historic filming location for HBO's Westworld burns down in Cali wildfire

Historic filming location for HBO's Westworld burns down in Cali wildfire

"We do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned", the park service explained. On the show, it served as the town of Escalante, which was a beta-testing location within the Westworld park.

Paramount Purchased the land, formerly part of the old Racho Las Virgenes, in 1927, and in 1953 a man named William Hertz-who'd moved to California several years earlier to become a cowboy-and his father Robert used a hunk of the land they'd recently purchased to build an old-timey western town.

A historic filming location for movies and television shows set in the Old West has burned down from the Woolsey wildfire now raging in California.

The iconic set depicting a western American town was destroyed in one of the three large wildfires devastating California.

"Westworld is not now in production, and as the area has been evacuated, we do not yet know the extent of the damage to any structures remaining there", HBO said in a statement.

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The HBO series is also shot at the Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, Utah and other locations.

In a statement released via ET, HBO addressed the fire problem: 'Paramount Ranch was one of the locations that were used during seasons 1 and 2 of Westworld, in addition to the main location at Melody Ranch, Santa Clarita. Recent productions filmed at Paramount include "The Mentalist", "Weeds", and Hulu's "Quickdraw"(2013-2014).

HBO told The Wrap that no cast or crew was at the Paramount Ranch location when it burned down. The network said that the show, which has been renewed for a third season, wasn't in production and that it doesn't yet know the extent of the damage, according to the news agency.

The Woolsey and Hill fires are burning in the Los Angeles area in Southern California. Most importantly, our thoughts go out to all those affected by these awful fires. The sci-fi drama takes place in Westworld, a theme park filled with life-like robots and meant to act a world of indulgence.

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