David Fincher Utopia

More and more filmmakers are making the jump to work in television, where the stories that studios will never finance as mid-budget dramas can flourish as long-form narrative experiments. Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh have done significant work with True Detective and The Knick, respectively, for which each director took charge of the entire season, rather than just directing an episode or two.

David Fincher only occasionally sat in the director’s chair for a couple episodes of House of Cards, but he’s really taking the plunge with his next series. Utopia sees Fincher reunited with Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) as they adapt the UK series of the same name for HBO. (That’s the show about people who possess a text that supposedly predicts future disasters, and not the new Fox reality TV disaster.) This time, Fincher will direct every episode of the show’s first season.

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David Fincher

Adapting a UK show for television worked out well for David Fincher, who with Beau Willimon and a host of other talents adapted House of Cards for Netflix. Just a day before that show’s second season hits the streaming service, Fincher is taking on another UK show adaptation.

With Gillian Flynn, who scripted an adaptation of her own novel Gone Girl for Fincher to direct as a feature film, Fincher will remake the show Utopia for HBO. Flynn will script, she, Fincher and Joshua Donen will exec produce, and Fincher will direct the pilot. Read More »

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