Originally Posted by daryl zero
That was a good one but it was cut off at the root before its prime.
Plus, part of the set burned down after they completed the second season, so it made the decision a lot easier to just cancel it.
Honestly, I've always had a suspicion that there was some sort of insurance thing involved in the fire to recoup some of the massive amounts of money they squandered on it. They say it wasn't arson, but it did happen on a private studio backlot, so there's no guarantee the investigation was a thorough as it normally would be...
Of course, HBO has had 3 major set fires, though Westworld was a result of wild fires.
Ever since the production of "Gone With the Wind" burnt down a ton of old sets to stage the burning of Atlanta, I've always seen studio fires as a potential new means to rebuild and upgrade the facilities on the insurance company's dime. Universal, in particular, seems to have a lot of bad luck in this regard, including one in 1990 that was confirmed to be arson. In the case of the 1990 fire, it burnt the sets for a movie that later flopped, yet (like the others), the film vault and the Courthouse set were spared despite being right in the midst of it. On the other hand, the King Kong attraction has twice had major upgrades performed following fires and the backlot has had a major do-over after the last fire.