Rooney Mara Makes Us Sad For The Demise Of David Fincher’s Utopia


Ah, what could have been. David Fincher is one of my favorite directors, and he’s always masterful with any kind of material that involves conspiracies with just a dash of sci-fi.

Thus, he would have been absolutely perfect for an American remake of Utopia, a British series that ran two seasons between 2013 and 2014. It was lauded by critics but also called out for its violence, making it right in the wheelhouse of not only Fincher, but HBO as well.

That marriage was going to happen, too, with HBO airing the series as directed by Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn (of Gone Girl fame). Add in an amazing cast that included Rooney Mara and others and you had what would have been a surefire hit.

Only there were reportedly clashes over the budget for the series that could never be resolved, and the series was fairly quietly killed off over the summer. No big deal, right? Because that sort of thing happens all the time in Hollywood. Though if you listen to Ms. Mara talk to Collider in the interview below, you’re going to be sad that Utopia got this close to happening:

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Sigh … HBO has plenty of cool stuff coming up, like Westworld, itself a remake blessed with a tremendous cast and top notch talent all around. But I’m still going to shed a tear here, because this could have been awesome.