Gillian Flynn is leaving ‘Gone Girl’ behind and moving to TV with David Fincher’s ‘Utopia’ TV series
Gone Girl did amazing this weekend earning an 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomato and making $37 million at the US box office.
But, why did the movie do so well. Most likely due to director David Fincher’s amazing filmmaking style and the author, Gillian Flynn. Now, HBO, is attempting to tap into the success of ‘Gone Girl’ with a new TV series, Utopia.
Gone Girl, the new movie directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her best-selling novel of the same name, has just arrived in theaters, but the pair already have another project in the works. The two are collaborating on a remake of Utopia, the critically acclaimed British conspiracy thriller series created by Dennis Kelly, for HBO.
The series, which received a series order in February, is going to have something in common with fellow HBO series True Detective — in its first year, at least, it’s going to have a single writer and a single director. Fincher told the Guardian earlier this week that he’s planning to direct all of the episodes. Flynn has confirmed to BuzzFeed News that she’s writing all the episodes.
Even though David Fincher and Gillian Flynn did an amazing job in ‘Gone Girl’, this will be the first time Flynn will be adapting her style to someone else’s work.
Fincher said, “I don’t want a big writers room, I want a voice,” Flynn said, adding that Kelly, the creator of the original Utopia, “could not have been more gracious” about her giving the remake her own spin. “I was worried, when I sent him the outline, that he was going to be like, my baby, what have you done?!” Instead, she says, he told her to “keep what works for it and get rid of what doesn’t — otherwise what’s the point of redoing it?”
David Fincher has had previous experience working on TV. His work on Netflix’s ‘House of Cards‘ is extremely memorable. But, this will be Flynn’s first experince on the production side of Television. She was previously a TV critic at Entertainment Weekly for a period of time, however, this will be her first time getting criticized for her work on television.
In terms of a ‘Gone Girl’ sequel, don’t hold your breath. In a recent interview she revealed that even though she loved the characters in the movie. She doesn’t think there will be another ‘Gone Girl’ movie for a while.
The book ends with Nick kind of watching his back in their marriage, it’s left open ended for the reader. Does that leave room for a sequel for this story?
That was never my intention when I wrote the book and it’s funny how many people have asked me that that it’s made me think about it. It’d be fun to revisit them, this story, at some point, I certainly know these characters so well that it’d be fun to see down the line, come back. No immediate plans, I have to take a little break. [via]