Hot on the heels of their first successful collaboration, Gillian Flynn and David Fincher are set to pool their efforts once more for HBO’s Utopia.
The huge success of Gone Girl this past weekend, which saw Fincher direct Flynn’s adaptation of her own novel, was staggering. Amidst a flurry of positive critical response, the narrative-twisting mystery netted a cool $38 million. Not bad for an R-rated feature, eh?
As we reported back in February, the duo are in cahoots to work together on the small screen. Just recently, Fincher announced his plans to not only direct the pilot – but every episode of the rebooted British show, Utopia. With Flynn onboard to produce and pen every episode, she’s now spoken out about how their second project came about.
The idea of one director and one writer will resonate with fans of True Detective, which employed the same method. However, fans of Flynn’s fiction might not be quite so taken with the idea, as she was slated to begin work on her next novel.
“I was all set to start it. I was really excited,” Flynn said to Buzzfeed. “I’d pretty much signed off on Gone Girl, and I got the message from David —it was a text— ‘hey, got this TV thing. It’ll take up the next year of your life. Are you in?’ I was like, ‘Of course I’m in. You don’t even have to tell me what it is. I’m in.’ ”
Her “big, folkloric tale of American murder” will now take a backseat as she begins to write the scripts for what’s going to be a most anticipated TV event. To be honest, it’s no surprise she’s snapping up the chance to work with Fincher once more – he certainly knows how to handle her material.
Check out HBO’s official synopsis of the show below, and let us know what you think of the Fincher-Flynn Utopia reunion.
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