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David Fincher Interested In Producing Remake Of Brit TV Series 'Utopia' For HBO

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 8, 2013 at 9:37AM

As we patiently await David Fincher's next feature to get the pieces put in place, he's been doing just fine for the moment over in TV land. "House Of Cards," which he executive produced and directed the first two episodes for, kicked off the year by not only revolutionizing how new shows are brought to market, but by also being just a top tier political drama. Critics and audiences were both taken by it, and a second season is on the way (though Fincher may not be directing), and it seems there's another British TV show he wants to bring to American audiences.
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As we patiently await David Fincher's next feature to get the pieces put in place, he's been doing just fine for the moment over in TV land. "House Of Cards," which he executive produced and directed the first two episodes for, kicked off the year by not only revolutionizing how new shows are brought to market, but by also being just a top tier political drama. Critics and audiences were both taken by it, and a second season is on the way (though Fincher may not be directing), and it seems there's another British TV show he wants to bring to American audiences.

Speaking at the Série Series festival last week, director Marc Munden and producer Rebekah Wray-Rogers revealed that HBO had snapped up to the American rights to their Channel 4 series "Utopia," and that Fincher is interested in producing the remake. The show -- which aired its first season earlier in the year, and has already been renewed for a second -- follows a group of people who have their hands on a cult graphic novel called "The Utopia Experiments" that seems to have predicted no shortage of disasters. An organization only known as The Network tries to hunt them down as the group tries to prevent the next disaster predicted in the pages of manuscript from happening.

Now, it should be made clear that nothing formal is signed and this might not happen at all, but Fincher kicking the tires at leasts suggests this could be a pretty high pedigree redo. Certainly, the original creators are aiming high, as they want to get Rian Johnson to write the script (seems like a more of a wish than anything else), so we'll see where it all lands. So, just keep it in the back of your mind as a possibility for now.

Has anyone out there watched "Utopia"? Is this something Fincher could make his mark on? [Daily Mars]

This article is related to: Television, TV News, David Fincher, Utopia, Rian Johnson


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