Following the commercial and critical success of Gone Girl, it wouldn’t be at all surprising for David Fincher to seek out another time-consuming film to direct. However, as one of the driving forces behind Netflix’s House of Cards, and with two upcoming HBO series – Utopia and Shakedown – the two-time Oscar nominee certainly seems to have put his directorial skills on the creative back burner. Especially now that another series has appeared on his horizon.
Joining the ranks of fellow power showrunners Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) and Shonda Rhimes (Scandal) Fincher is making his fourth foray into television with Video Synchronicity (originally titled Living on Video). Previously, it had been reported that Fincher had filmed two episodes of the show – despite HBO not yet giving an official season one green light – but now it has been confirmed the project will be developed as a full series.
According to THR, HBO has picked up the comedy for a 10-episode series order, with Fincher pegged to executive produce, direct, and write alongside Bob Stephenson and Rich Wilkes. The show stars Red Band Society‘s Charlie Rowe as Robby, a young, bright-eyed student who leaves school and moves to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of directing a science fiction epic.
Obviously (and unfortunately) becoming a big-time Hollywood director isn’t as easy or simple as dropping out of college, so Robby lands a job as a music video production assistant to slowly work his way up in the industry. Think Entourage meets 30 Rock meets 2 Broke Girls – if only for the potential ‘rags-to-riches’ premise.
Fincher’s involvement with the series is fitting, considering he originally got his start producing music videos for the likes of Madonna and Paula Abdul in the 1980s. In fact, the series could act as a quasi-autobiography of the director’s early career, in addition to being an exciting, coming-of-age period piece revolving around the then-evolving music video industry.
With recent critical and mainstream success of period pieces (see: Downton Abbey and Mad Men) and the explosive popularity of music-centered shows (see: Glee and Empire), it comes as no surprise that someone finally decided to merge the two genres. Though it does beg the question of whether or not Video Synchronicity will showcase the music videos, becoming more of a musical comedy series, or use them simply to supplement the story lines, focusing more on the characters and humor.
Another question left unanswered is whether or not Fincher is still moving forward with his two other HBO projects. Considering the lack of updates regarding Utopia or Shakedown, and Fincher’s heavy involvement in Video Synchronicity, it seems likely both have been temporarily relegated to in-development purgatory. That may be a good thing, if it allows Fincher to devote more time and attention to the HBO project and House of Cards, rather than spreading the showrunner too thin with four different projects.
Are you looking forward to a comedy centered on the drama and rise of 1980s music videos? Or do Fincher’s other planned series sound more exciting? Let us know in the comments.
Video Synchronicity is currently in development. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more details.