David Fincher hasn’t set his next feature film, and you know what? Who cares. As long as he’s telling stories, I’m happy, and working with a longform canvas on HBO is pretty damn exciting. At some point this year, the director will gear up and helm all the episodes of the first season of “Utopia,” but that’s not all he’s got brewing at the network. He’s also developing a 1950s crime noir series with James Ellroy called “Shakedown,” and a series set in the world of music videos. And there’s good news about the latter.
HBO has given a series order to “Video Synchronicity.” Fincher will be directing episodes of and executive producing the 1983-set half-hour comedy about the world of making music videos in the 1980s, a milieu he knows very well. In fact, the premise is not unlike Fincher’s personal arc, following a college dropout who dreams of making a sci-fi epic but winds up shooting music videos instead. (One of Fincher’s earliest gigs was working with ILM on “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi,” before moving into commercial and music video work which overlapped with his debut feature — “Alien 3“).
And this thing is moving crazy fast. The cast has been set with Charlie Rowe in the lead role with Sam Page, Jason Flemyng, Kerry Condon, Elizabeth Lail, Corbin Bernsen and Paz Vega rounding out what’s described as an “Entourage“-esque ensemble.
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HBO hasn’t set a debut date, but it’s probably safe to say you’ll see this in 2016. [THR]