Directors taking on an entire season of a drama series is officially a trend. Following in the footsteps of Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”) and Steven Soderbergh (“The Knick”), David Fincher says he’s planning to helm every episode in Season 1 of the upcoming HBO drama “Utopia.”
The show, a remake of a British series, centers on a group of people drawn into a conspiracy after discovering the manuscript for the sequel to a cult-favorite graphic novel. “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn, who worked with Fincher on the film adaptation that opens Friday (Oct. 3), is also attached to the project. (There’s no word on whether HBO will change the series’ title so as to avoid confusion with FOX’s reality show.)
“I like the world of it,” Fincher says of “Utopia” in an interview with The Guardian. “I like the characters — I love [creator Dennis Kelly’s] honesty and affinity for the nerds. I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a junior conspiracy theorist because I don’t have time to connect them all. But it’s nice to see that somebody has.”
The HBO show hasn’t been cast yet and doesn’t have an airdate, but Fincher says he’s planning to devote most of 2015 to working on the series. It will be his most extensive TV work to date; he also directed the first two episodes of “House of Cards” and numerous music videos.