David Fincher’s got a second high-end TV series in the works. The filmmaker and “House of Cards” executive producer is working with writer Gillian Flynn to adapt the British conspiracy thriller “Utopia” for HBO.
The Channel 4 drama, created by Dennis Kelly (“Black Sea”), is about a group of online comic book forum users who get hold of the original manuscript for a cult graphic novel called “The Utopia Experiments,” which supposedly predicted the worst disasters of the last century. Because of this, they’re targeted by an organization called “The Network,” and must sort out the manuscript’s hidden meanings before the disasters it predicts become real. The series premiered in the U.K. in January 2013, and has been renewed for a second season.
Flynn wrote the bestselling novel “Gone Girl,” the basis for Fincher’s upcoming film starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO’s given a series order to the “Utopia” remake and struck an overall deal with Flynn, the novelist who penned the screenplay adaptation of her book “Gone Girl” for New Regency and Fox.
Fincher will direct the first episode and executive produce the series alongside Flynn, Kelly, Jane Featherstone, Joshua Donen and Shine America’s Carolyn G. Bernstein.