HBO has officially confirmed its long-rumored adaption of the hit British series Utopia, to be directed and executive produced by David Fincher. Gillian Flynn, who worked with Fincher on adapting her novel Gone Girl into an upcoming movie, will write the U.S. version of Utopia.
Utopia centers on the die-hard fans of an underground graphic novel. When they discover that the author has secretly written a sequel, the fans go on a quest to find it. But they soon learn that the manuscript isn't just a book — and their hunt has now become its own pop-culture thriller. According to the show's logline, Utopia shifts the fans into "a game of shifting loyalties, conspiracy and shocking twists as the true meaning of the book is slowly revealed."
The original Utopia aired on the U.K.'s Channel 4, which described the show this way: "The Utopia Experiments is a legendary graphic novel shrouded in mystery. But when a small group of previously unconnected people find themselves in possession of an original manuscript, their lives suddenly and brutally implode. Targeted swiftly and relentlessly by a murderous organization known as The Network, the terrified group are left with only one option if they want to survive: they have to run."
Utopia expands the TV involvement of Fincher, who's also behind Netflix's House of Cards — another adaptation of a U.K. series. HBO and Shine America are co-producing the series. Besides Fincher, Joshua Donen, Dennis Kelly (who created the original series), Jane Featherstone and Carolyn Bernstein are also executive producers.
HBO may have a problem clearing the title Utopia, however, as that's also the same name of an upcoming Fox reality series.