Gillian Flynn’s Utopia lands on Amazon


Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn has series Utopia picked up by Amazon.

Screenrant reported that Amazon has ordered a nine-episode first season of Utopia with Gillian Flynn attached to write. The series will be an adaptation of the UK series created by Dennis Kelly that aired in 2013-14.

Utopia follows a group of people who come into possession of a graphic novel that describes a number of conspiracy theories. It quickly becomes apparent that the information in the comic is true when the people begin to be hunted down by mysterious government agents in an attempt to contain the leaked information.

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The on-and-off again show was originally slated for production at HBO in 2015 with Flynn attached as writer and David Fincher as director. Fincher had disagreements with HBO over the production budget — envisioning Utopia as something of a road movie kind of series — and so the project was shelved until now.

Thankfully Amazon has stepped in with its new policy focusing on high-profile genre pieces and has signed Gillian Flynn to an overall deal with the studio. There is no word yet on whether Fincher will still be able to direct.

With season two of Mindhunter gearing up to start production, it’s hard to say whether Utopia’s timeline will work into Fincher’s schedule.

Gillian Flynn, of course, rose to fame with her novel Gone Girl, which was then adapted into a blockbuster movie directed by David Fincher and adapted for the screen by Flynn.

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Sharp Objects, a series based on Flynn’s novel of the same name and starring Amy Adams, premieres on HBO later this year. With all but one of her novels having been adapted for the screen, Flynn has proven her work to be highly popular and highly profitable.