David Fincher and Gillian Flynn Reteam to Create a ‘Utopia’ Together

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Not content to just sit on their laurels and enjoy the spoils of success, David Fincher will once again collaborate with Gillian Flynn.  With Gone Girl on track to bring in close to $35 million this weekend another project between these two was a no brainer. Only this time their project will hit the TV screens of millions via the HBO network.

The duo will be doing a remake of British crime-thriller Utopia. The premise of the series is that somewhere out there is a manuscript for a cult hit graphic novel that manages to have predicted the worst disasters of the last century. A select group of people have this manuscript and are hopeful to stop future disasters from occurring. But hot on their heels is a shadowy group known as the Network, who wants to stop our would-be heroes by any means necessary.

Fincher, who is set to direct every episode of the first season, chose Flynn to be the sole writer of each episode. Flynn was set to begin her fourth novel, but a text from Fincher got her signed on to the project, no questions asked.

It seems HBO is trying to capture lighting in a bottle twice, looking to re-create the creative success that led to their last huge hit True Detective. That series had the entire eight episode first season written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga.

This is not the first time that David Fincher has dabbled with television, having directed the first two episodes of the hit Netflix series, House of Cards.

HBO has been a breeding ground for success, with such past hits as The Sopranos and The Wire, and current hits like the aforementioned True Detective and Game of Thrones. With the Fincher/Flynn combo it seems the network is looking to add another feather to their cap.

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