While David Fincher is no stranger to small screen success, launching “House Of Cards” over at Netflix where he continues to serve as executive producer, his ventures so far at HBO have hit some major bumps. Last month, production was halted on the set of the ’80s-based “Videosyncrazy,” facing creative adjustments after the network saw footage from the first four or five episodes. In the meantime, Fincher began work on “Utopia,” his ambitious remake of the cult U.K. series, the first season of which he would direct entirely himself, with scripts from Gillian Flynn, and Rooney Mara in the lead role. However, it seems as if things are not working out.
Deadline reports that while more casting has happened, the green-light still has not been given for “Utopia” as the network and Fincher can’t come to terms on a budget. The show follows a group of people who get their hands on a cult graphic novel called “The Utopia Experiments,” which has predicted no shortage of disasters. An organization known only as The Network hunts them down, as the group tries to prevent the next disaster foretold in the pages of the manuscript from happening.
The site seems to suggest that the prospects of reaching an agreement don’t look good, and the show could be halted as a result. The plan was for Fincher to prep “Utopia,” and then circle back to “Videosyncrazy,” but it’s unclear what exactly will happen at this juncture. Hopefully at least one of these shows come to pass.