In this edition of TV Bits:
- Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy have both been renewed.
- J.J. Abrams is developing They Both Die At The End.
- Psych: The Movie sequel grenlit by USA.
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is now filming.
- Rainn Wilson will co-star in Amazon series Utopia.
- Nightflyers cancelled after one season.
- Man in the High Castle ending after season 4.
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Even though Amazon is looking to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on upcoming series adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Three-Body Problem, they’re still picking up new projects left and right for their development slate. The good news is that their latest acquisition will bring an abandoned American remake of a popular series from the United Kingdom back to life.
The British series Utopia was created by Dennis Kelly and ran two short seasons across the pond. An American adaptation of the series was once in the works with director David Fincher on board to direct the entire first season and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn behind the script. Sadly, Fincher isn’t involved in this latest attempt to adapt Utopia, but Gillian Flynn is still involved as writer, creator, executive producer and showrunner. Read More »
David Fincher has seemingly given more interviews in the last week than he has for almost his entire career. The acclaimed filmmaker is out promoting his new Netflix series Mindhunter, and in the course of the promotion he’s given insight into various facets of his career, both past and future. Fincher recently revealed why he turned down Star Wars, gave details on what happened to his HBO series Utopia, and offered an update on World War Z 2.
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Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
The combination of David Fincher and HBO sounds like a match made in heaven, but so far the reality has proven much more disappointing. Weeks after we heard that his shows Video Synchronicity and Utopia were in trouble at the network, new reports have emerged claiming they’re both dead, with the actors released from their contracts. Get the latest unfortunate updates on the David Fincher Utopia and Video Synchronicity projects after the jump. Read More »
Even as one of David Fincher‘s HBO series hits the skids, another appears to be picking up steam. Videosyncrazy, the music video industry comedy formerly called Living on Video and then Video Synchronicity, halted production a couple weeks ago, midway through shooting the first season. While we wait to hear if that show has died for good, or is just being reworked, there’s word on forward motion for Fincher’s other proposed HBO show.
Fincher is working with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn to adapt the UK series Utopia for HBO. Now Rooney Mara, whose career was given a major boost when Fincher chose her to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is in talks for a role. Read More »
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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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 »