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David Fincher and Gillian Flynn to partner on HBO thriller series Utopia

Feb. 12, 2014by: Alex Maidy

David Fincher's next film, GONE GIRL, will not be his last collaboration with writer Gillian Flynn as the two will re-team for an HBO series. Titled UTOPIA, the series will be a remake of the BBC series of the same name. The plan is for Fincher to direct the pilot, as he did for the Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS, while Flynn will write the pilot.

The thriller series aired over six episodes in 2013 on BBC4. The American version will follow the same plot as the British version and should air sometime this year. Here is the plot for the series.

The story follows a small group of people who find themselves in possession of the manuscript sequel of a cult graphic novel called "The Utopia Experiments" which is rumoured to have predicted the worst disasters of the last century. This leads them to be targeted by an organisation known as 'The Network', which they must avoid to survive. Using the manuscript, they must uncover the meaning hidden in its pages before the disasters depicted become reality.

The plot is definitely intriguing and reminds me of Fincher's THE GAME starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. That nightmarish film is one of my favorites and getting a series along those same lines could be pretty awesome. Fincher has shown he is pretty damn talented when it comes to the genre he is most associated with. The buzz surrounding the novel GONE GIRL has shown that Flynn is capable as well. The duo teaming up for an ongoing series is just too good to pass up.

Check out the trailer for the BBC series below and see if this project excites you.

Source: Deadline

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7:30AM on 02/13/2014

Don't see the similarity with The Game, but

This is a great, great show and I'm eagerly awaiting series 2. I'm not usually keen on watching remakes of tv shows, especially when the original series just came out, but because HBO is doing it with David Fincher at the helm for the pilot, I'm interested to see where it'll go.
This is a great, great show and I'm eagerly awaiting series 2. I'm not usually keen on watching remakes of tv shows, especially when the original series just came out, but because HBO is doing it with David Fincher at the helm for the pilot, I'm interested to see where it'll go.
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5:04AM on 02/13/2014

Channel 4

FYI it was channel 4 in the UK not the BBC. Only mentioning it because Channel 4 doesn't get enough credit for the series it produces.
Utopia was one of the best series Ive seen in recent years. Such a clever, and original story and a beautifully unique style. Normally I don't like the idea of remakes, but with the story it has, I think a big budget version will be pretty amazing.
FYI it was channel 4 in the UK not the BBC. Only mentioning it because Channel 4 doesn't get enough credit for the series it produces.
Utopia was one of the best series Ive seen in recent years. Such a clever, and original story and a beautifully unique style. Normally I don't like the idea of remakes, but with the story it has, I think a big budget version will be pretty amazing.
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3:47AM on 02/13/2014
Neil Maskell (picture above) plays one of the scariest characters on TV for many years. Superb show. I wonder if the school shooting will be filmed as I know how sensitive the matter is in the US.
Neil Maskell (picture above) plays one of the scariest characters on TV for many years. Superb show. I wonder if the school shooting will be filmed as I know how sensitive the matter is in the US.
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10:11PM on 02/12/2014
Really looking forward to Gone Girl.
Really looking forward to Gone Girl.
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9:38PM on 02/12/2014

Reminds you of The Game??

The premise sounds great and I will definitely check this out but I have to ask what makes you think it sounds anything like The Game? They essentially have nothing in common once so ever....
The premise sounds great and I will definitely check this out but I have to ask what makes you think it sounds anything like The Game? They essentially have nothing in common once so ever....
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9:23PM on 02/12/2014
cant we just watch the british one?
cant we just watch the british one?
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7:00PM on 02/12/2014

I like the concept, but

it sounds way too familiar. I mean it just sounds like the movie Knowing, which I actually liked quite a bit (I know some didn't) but yeah, I don't really see what this is bringing in that's new aside from some The Adjustment Bureau type thing... as always though I'll give anything on HBO a shot
it sounds way too familiar. I mean it just sounds like the movie Knowing, which I actually liked quite a bit (I know some didn't) but yeah, I don't really see what this is bringing in that's new aside from some The Adjustment Bureau type thing... as always though I'll give anything on HBO a shot
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5:48PM on 02/12/2014
Also PS Utopia was s-i-c-k. The first two minutes of the first episode were so chilling, and later on it contains one of the most gruesome torture scenes I've ever seen.
Also PS Utopia was s-i-c-k. The first two minutes of the first episode were so chilling, and later on it contains one of the most gruesome torture scenes I've ever seen.
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5:46PM on 02/12/2014
Just FYI, Utopia was on Channel 4 in the UK - independent channel not associated with the BBC. BBC4 is a completely different channel. Channel 4 is responsible for programmes like Skins, Misfits etc.
Just FYI, Utopia was on Channel 4 in the UK - independent channel not associated with the BBC. BBC4 is a completely different channel. Channel 4 is responsible for programmes like Skins, Misfits etc.
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4:32PM on 02/12/2014
Gone Girl was AWESOME! One of my favorite reads in recent memory. I trust Fincher and Flynn implicitly, so this is bound to be good.
Gone Girl was AWESOME! One of my favorite reads in recent memory. I trust Fincher and Flynn implicitly, so this is bound to be good.
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4:31PM on 02/12/2014

Can't wait for Gone Girl

Things must have worked out nicely for these two to re-team again. I need a trailer ASAP!
Things must have worked out nicely for these two to re-team again. I need a trailer ASAP!
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