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David Fincher Plans Utopia
Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn writing remake of the Channel 4 drama

12 February 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Utopia was one of the weirdest – and best – shows to come out of the UK last year. So it seems only natural that America would take an interest, especially given the series’ US-friendly graphic novel-obsession subject matter and twisty conspiracy plot. HBO has been developing the idea for a while and has just confirmed that David Fincher and Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn will tackle making it.

Utopia, in case you didn’t see the Channel 4 original, set things in motion with the discovery of a manuscript for a legendary graphic novel known as The Utopia Experiments, long shrouded in mystery. When a small group of previously unconnected people unite in their shared interest, things take a much darker turn.

Because they are by no means the only ones interested in the manuscript. Targeted swiftly and relentlessly by a murderous organisation known as The Network, the terrified group are left with only one option if they want to survive: they have to run.

You can understand why Fincher, who jumped into TV in a big way with Netflix’s House Of Cards, might be drawn to it. And at HBO, like the streaming service, he’ll have the freedom and flexibility to take things as far as the UK version.

Flynn, who adapted her novel Gone Girl for Fincher’s latest film (due out on October 3) has clearly meshed well with the director’s sensibilities, and will write at least the pilot episode, which he’s set to shoot. Utopia creator Dennis Kelly has an executive producer credit, and he’s just finished making the second series for Channel 4.

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Why not just show the original on US TV? Or have they already done that? I agree with bottlerocket that it is beautifully shot and directed. I was a bit uneasy at first, and thought I might give up on the series given I didn't know where it was going, but I still held interest and thought it was great, original programming. More

Posted by cliff126 at 22:40 on 13 February 2014 | Report This Post

they are doing well with HoC US so this maybe another good remake of a UK show. More

Posted by spark1 at 11:10 on 13 February 2014 | Report This Post

I'd be up for this - the original wasn't perfect. Looked gorgeous, great characters and intriguing concept but far too much "telling instead of showing" narrative - the poor actors had to deliver monster exposition monologues of off-screen action 2 or 3 times every episode. More

Posted by bottlerocket at 00:36 on 13 February 2014 | Report This Post

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