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“We’re Not Giving the answers so Much as asking the Questions”

Joy, pictured with Westworld cocreator Nolan, believes the best writing “covers the Venn diagram of our aesthetics and ideals.”

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Jonathan Nolan




Nolan and his brother, director Christopher Nolan, cowrote Interstellar, The Dark Knight, and more.


The film Memento, starring Guy Pearce, was based on a short story Nolan wrote in college. (He also coded the website for the movie.)


Nolan created CBS’s sci-fi crime drama Person of Interest.

Lisa Joy


Chester, New Jersey


Joy was a writer on the ABC comedy series Pushing Daisies.


Before television, Joy worked in criminal law, specializing in family violence.


Sergio Leone’s genre-flipping Once Upon a Time in the West

When J.J. Abrams pitched screenwriter Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) and producer Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) on the idea of adapting the 1973 sci-fi–Western flick Westworld for the small screen, Nolan demurred. But Joy (who is also married to Nolan) sold him on the potential emotional complexities in a futuristic show that’s set in

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