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Acclaimed director David Fincher is going back to television with Utopia and he’s taking Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn with him. The two are set to adapt the British series for HBO.
Flynn, who has signed an overall deal with HBO, is set to write the pilot, reports Deadline. Fincher is set to direct.
The original Channel 4 show, created by Dennis Kelly, was produced by Kudos and the first series ran six episodes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production is almost finished on the second series. Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett appeared on the show. The plot follows fans of a graphic novel who somehow discover that the author wrote a secret sequel. The hunt for the manuscript challenges loyalties and soon they learn what the manuscript really means.
Fincher recently worked with Flynn on Fox and New Regency’s adaptation of Gone Girl with Ben Affleck. This will be her first project for television.
It’s not Fincher’s first, though. He is currently an executive producer on Netflix’s House of Cards, which will debut its second season this weekend. Fincher won an Emmy for directing the show’s first episode. Coincidentally, HBO had bid on the show, but Netflix swooped in and picked it up. House of Cards is also an American adaptation of a British series.
Fincher is best known for his films, which include Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network.
HBO and Shine America are producing the U.S. Utopia. Kelly will be a part of the executive producing team.
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