Having already proven himself an able shepherd of adapted material with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, director David Fincher seemed like a natural choice to direct the adaptation of the mega-popular novel Gone Girl. The production took a somewhat unusual step in bringing the book's author, Gillian Flynn (Dark Places), to write the film's screenplay.
The duo's collaboration must have gone fairly well, because they're getting ready to team up for another project. This time, Fincher and Flynn will split directorial and screenwriting duties on the science fiction-thriller Utopia, currently being positioned as miniseries for HBO.
Announced today, Utopia will be an adaptation of a British series of the same name, which originally aired on the UK's Channel 4 in 2013. Flynn is currently working on scripts for the series, and Fincher is set to direct the pilot episode. Both will work as executive producers alongside the original series' creator Dennis Kelly (MI-5).
One part weird science fiction, another mystery-thriller, and another part two-fisted adventure, Utopia follows five online friends who have bonded over their love of a specific author's comic books. When they discover that this writer has produced a secret manuscript said to predict disasters, the group agrees to meet in person to track it down. Unfortunately, their interest draws the ire of The Network – a mysterious organization that will stop at nothing to obtain the manuscript for itself.
The original series was well-received, earning critical plaudits and a sizable audience during its seven-episode run. A second season is currently in production and is set to air later this year.
This is not the first time Fincher has dabbled in serialized drama. After all, his directorial hand firmly established the dark tone for the first season of House of Cards, which returns this Friday - February 14th, 2014 - and has already been renewed for a season 3.
While this is the first time Flynn has written for television, Fincher's apparent faith in her abilities bodes well for Utopia's production. Though little is known currently known about the direction the American version of the series will take, it's an undeniably interesting project that's worth keeping a few eyes on. Be sure to keep your own eye on Screen Rant as more about Utopia comes to light.
Utopia does not yet have a firm air date.