David Fincher to Remake Another UK Series

UK Series 'Utopia'

It looks like David Fincher may continue to pursue television as his medium of choice. The director of ‘Fight Club’ and ‘The Social Network’ remade ‘House of Cards’ from the UK miniseries of the same name, which launched on Netflix last February to critical acclaim.

Both the director and producer of another UK production, ‘Utopia,’ have linked Fincher to a US remake of their series. HBO has obtained the US rights to the series.

‘Utopia’ is a conspiracy thriller about a group of people who come into possession of a manuscript sequel to a graphic novel called, “The Utopia Experiments.” The novel has made accurate predictions about some of the world’s greatest atrocities. Because the group holds the manuscript, a mysterious opposing group called “The Network” tries their best to find them. Meanwhile, the good guys must try to stop the next event from occurring.

The creators of 'Utiopia' have also indicated interest in having Rian Johnson (‘Looper’) pen the project.

As ‘House of Cards’ adapted well to the backstabbing, corrupt nature of politics in Washington, so too might ‘Utopia’ fit with the information and theories swirling around with the recent NSA leak by Edward Snowden. The UK series even involved the American CIA.

The UK series—which debuted only last January—garnered some controversy about its violent nature, and more specifically, about its involvement of children in scenes involving graphic violence. Fincher is no stranger to handling violent material.  

This is still very early on and things can change fast, but HBO may be looking for Fincher to bring the same big-screen type feel to ‘Utopia’ as he did with ‘House of Cards.’   

What do you think of the concept behind 'Utopia?'



Written by: Robert_Steele
Jul 8th, 2013, 5:20 pm

Images courtesy of HBO


Message Posted On Jul 10th, 2013, 5:42 pm
Utopia was something of a ground breaker. Great script,cast and photography.Critically acclaimed,shocking and funny. I'd love another series, but no word of it yet. Maybe a US remake is the best offer we'll get.

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Message Posted On Jul 9th, 2013, 1:03 am

Definitely agree that the original is amazing. It's so good that I'd actually watch a remake as well! ;)


Message Posted On Jul 8th, 2013, 11:50 pm
It's not about the US audience. Pretty sure they'd love to watch the original. It's about target demographics, timeslots, advertising and some more marketing magic. It's tailored towards a specific demographic (us males 19-49 or something like that). The original wouldn't, in their mind, attract the specific demographic they need to get more advertising money for their timeslots. The US television market is incredibly complex, dynamic, confusing and very difficult to understand if reason is kinda your thing :)

Message Posted On Jul 8th, 2013, 11:28 pm
The Original version is amazing, why can't the US crowd just watch that?

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Message Posted On Jul 8th, 2013, 10:36 pm

Well, only HBO (or Cinemax) could pull out a good enough remake. Will that pan out, we'll see.

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