The remake of the UK thriller would follow the premium cable channel’s model for “True Detective”
According to the newspaper, the director discussed the upcoming gig during press rounds for his latest film, “Gone Girl,” and shared that “Utopia” will keep him busy for most of 2015.
“Utopia” follows diehard fans of an iconic, underground graphic novel. They are suddenly drawn into a pop-culture thriller when they learn that the author has secretly written a sequel. The new manuscript is much more than just a book, though, and soon the fans find themselves in the midst of a shocking conspiracy.
“”I like the world of it,” Fincher told the paper of “Utopia.” “I like the characters – I love [UK show’s creator Dennis Kelly’s] honesty and affinity for the nerds. I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a junior conspiracy theorist [because] I don’t have time to connect them all! But it’s nice to see that somebody has.”
Gillian Flynn, who wrote the original novel “Gone Girl,” will write the series. HBO and Shine America are co-producing the series, which Fincher, Joshua Donen, Dennis Kelly and Jane Featherstone are also executive producing.
The original British series “Utopia” has aired for two seasons on the UK’s Channel 4, and further seasons have not yet been confirmed.
Fincher previously directed episodes of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” for which he won his first Emmy in 2013.
There’s precedent at the network for a single director to tackle an entire season of a show, with Cary Fukunaga having helmed the entire first season of “True Detective.” Season 2 will feature multiple directors, though Justin Lin will direct at least the first 2 episodes.
An HBO representative told TheWrap, “We cannot confirm anything on this project at this time.”