'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn to write HBO's 'Utopia,' David Fincher to direct

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The Gone Girl team is headed to HBO. Acclaimed director David Fincher and bestselling author Gillian Flynn are re-teaming on the premium network’s adaptation of the British conspiracy thriller Utopia.

Flynn will write the series, while The Social Network filmmaker will oversee, executive produce and direct. In addition, HBO has inked an overall development deal with Flynn.

HBO’s official Utopia logline: “The die-hard fans of an iconic, underground graphic novel 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.”

Other executive producers on board include Joshua Donen, Dennis Kelly, Jane Featherstone and Carolyn G. Bernstein.

Flynn is a former Entertainment Weekly writer and the author of Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Her breakout 2012 third novel Gone Girl sold more than 6 million copies and spent 71 weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. Flynn wrote the film adaptation of Gone Girl, which Fincher directed. The film stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and is scheduled for release on Oct. 3.


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