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HBO is adding to its drama haul, ordering a remake of British conspiracy thriller Utopia to series.
The premium cable network is teaming with Gone Girl duo David Fincher and author Gillian Flynn to produce a stateside adaptation of the Channel 4 drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. HBO has inked Flynn to an overall deal to pen the American version. Fincher will direct and executive produce.
The six-episode Utopia, from Kudos and writer-creator Dennis Kelly, aired on Channel 4 last year and starred Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Production on the second season is nearly complete for a U.K. premiere in 2014.
The HBO story revolves around the die-hard fans of an iconic underground graphic novel who are suddenly launched into their own pop-culture thriller when they learn that the author has secretly written a sequel. Unfortunately, the new manuscript is much more than just a book and those on the hunt for it suddenly find themselves in a game of shifting loyalties, conspiracy and shocking twists as the true meaning of the book is slowly revealed.
HBO and Shine America (Gracepoint, The Bridge) will co-produce the series. Kelly will executive produce the remake alongside original EP Jane Featherstone, Joshua Donen (House of Cards) and Shine America exec vp scripted programming Carolyn G. Bernstein.
HBO’s Utopia reunites Fincher and Flynn, who are teaming for 20th Century Fox and New Regency’s big-screen adaptation of Flynn’s best-selling phenomenon Gone Girl. The author is currently wrapping production on Gone Girl, having penned the screenplay for Fincher, who directed. The deal comes three years after Netflix outbid HBO to land Fincher’s House of Cards.
For HBO, Utopia joins a drama slate that includes Game of Thrones, The Leftovers and True Detective as well as departing dramas Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and True Blood.
The Utopia order comes a day after HBO picked up The Brink, a comedy starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, to series.
Fincher is repped by manager Joshua Donen and Hansen Jacobson; Flynn is with WME, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency and Jackoway Tyerman.
An episode count and premiere date have not yet been announced.
Worth noting: HBO’s Utopia arrives weeks after Fox ordered its Utopia — a 24/7 reality series from The Voice‘s John de Mol.
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