David Fincher Will Direct The Whole First Season of HBO’s ‘Utopia’

By September 29, 2014

Early this year, David Fincher announced that he’d be reteaming with Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn for a remake of a British series called “Utopia” that will air on HBO. At the time, all the information we had was that Fincher would direct the pilot, but possibly taking a cue from directors like Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”) and Steven Soderbergh (“The Knick”), Fincher told The Guardian that he will direct the entire first season of the show.

I like the world of it. I like the characters – I love Dennis’s [Kelly, creator of the UK show] honesty and affinity for the nerds. I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a junior conspiracy theorist [because] I don’t have time to connect them all! But it’s nice to see that somebody has.

For those of us who have never seen the show, it follows a group of people who find a graphic novel called “The Utopia Experiments” that predicts disasters, and a shadowy organization called The Network that tries to hunt them down as the group attempts to stop the disasters from happening. Check out the trailer for the British series below:

Sounds like a heck of a premise, complete with a conspiratorial bent that runs through a lot of Fincher’s work. Filming on “Utopia” will apparently keep him busy for most of next year, and his next film project hasn’t officially been announced. Fincher previously directed the first two episodes of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” but I’m really interested to see what he does with a show that sounds like it could be a little bit more geeky than anything he’s done thus far in his career.

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