'Westworld' Location At Paramount Ranch Burns Down In Woolsey Fire

10 November, 2018, 08:41 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • A group of tourists ride horses through the Western Town in Paramount Ranch in Agoura California USA 31 March 2017. The Western Town formerly owned by Paramount Studios has been a film location in the Santa Monica Mountains outside Los Angeles since 19

Paramount Ranch, which served as a filming location for almost 500 films and television shows over the years, is the latest casualty of the wildfires that are now sweeping across California. We don't have details or photos, but it's our understanding that the structures have all burned. On the show, it served as the town of Escalante, which was a beta-testing location within the Westworld park.

California wildfires have burned down the historic Western Town at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, destroying some of the sets used for HBO's Westworld. "This area is an active part of the incident and we can not access it".

It remains to be seen whether the sets will be rebuilt for future production or if the next season of Westworld will feature the town of Escalante. Those sets can be found at the show's home base at Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita and have not been impacted by the fire.

Now part of the National Park Service and open to the public, the ranch has been the site of numerous productions throughout the years and was first started by Paramount Pictures in 1927.


Film shoots included The Love Bug, Norbit, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Lake House, and American Sniper. Gunsmoke, The X-Files, The Dukes of Hazzard and Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman were shot there, as well as The Mentalist, Weeds and Hulu's Quickdraw, according the the park service.

HBO told The Wrap that no cast or crew was at the Paramount Ranch location when it burned down.

Westworld also films at the Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, in Uta, h and various other locations. It's unclear whether Westworld was planning to shoot at Paramount Ranch for season three, as the season two finale took the show in a much different direction. 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. Most importantly, our thoughts go out to all of those affected by these terrible fires'.

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