David Fincher, ‘Gone Girl’ Author Reunite For HBO Drama Series

David Fincher, ‘Gone Girl’ Author Reunite for HBO Drama Series

Remake of British thriller from Shine America nabs series order

by Cynthia Littleton

Fresh off their collaboration on the feature “Gone Girl,” director David Fincher and scribe Gillian Flynn are teaming to adapt the British conspiracy thriller “Utopia” for HBO and Shine America.

HBO has given a series order to the project and struck an overall deal with Flynn, the novelist who penned the screenplay adaptation of her book “Gone Girl” for New Regency and Fox.

“Utopia” revolves around the drama that ensues when die-hard fans of an iconic graphic novel suddenly learn that the author has secretly written a sequel. The hunt for the manuscript becomes a thriller in itself as the meaning of the book is slowly revealed.

Fincher is on board to direct the pilot and exec produce with Flynn and Joshua Donen. Dennis Kelly, creator of the original Channel 4 series, is exec producing with Kudos’ Jane Featherstone and Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein.

“Utopia” has just finished lensing its second season in the U.K. and is set to air later this year.
Project marks Fincher’s TV followup to Netflix’s “House of Cards,” which is about to raise the curtain on its second season. The helmer has a number of other development prospects in the pipeline at HBO.

Flynn, repped by WME, has emerged as a star scribe thanks to the warm reception in Hollywood for her first novels, which also include “Dark Places” and “Sharp Objects.”

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