With “Gone Girl” opening at number one at the box office this weekend, and thus making a huge contribution to best October weekend in box office history, the next move for David Fincher is on the small screen. While the filmmaker directed only the first two episodes of Netflix‘s “House of Cards,” he will direct the entire first season of HBO‘s “Utopia,” a gig that will take up pretty much all of 2015. And he’s going to be getting some help from the writer who played the most crucial role in his most recent film becoming such a critical and popular success.
“Gone Girl” author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, who is also co-producing “Utopia,” will write scripts for the full first season of the show. “‘I don’t want a big writers room. I want a voice'” Fincher told Flynn, which she related to Buzzfeed. However, this news may not please Flynn fans who want another book, as she reveals “Utopia” will keep her away from writing what she describes is “a big, folkloric tale of American murder.”
“I was all set to start it. I was really excited,” Flynn said.. “I’d pretty much signed off on Gone Girl, and I got the message from David —it was a text— ‘hey, got this TV thing. It’ll take up the next year of your life. Are you in?’ I was like, ‘Of course I’m in. You don’t even have to tell me what it is. I’m in.’ ”
Lots to look forward to, but until then, here’s a Film 4 special about “Gone Girl” with Flynn, Fincher, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris. And after that, check out another ten-minute talk about “Gone Girl” with Pike.