US Remake of Utopia Lands at Amazon, Gillian Flynn Attached

Lawrence Kim
April 21, 2018

Instead of hiring a new creative force for the remake, HBO decided to drop the project entirely, and Utopia was canceled for the second time.

The original Utopia series premiered on Channel 4 in 2013 and ran for two seasons. At the time the project went off the rails, Fincher said he and Flynn envisioned Utopia as a "road movie" - which contributed to its budget and the disputes surrounding it - so it will be interesting to see how close to the originally conceived project this endeavor at Amazon turns out to be.

"Utopia is pure creative catnip to me", Flynn said in a statement.

Shortly after its cancellation, HBO announced that David Fincher was onboard to develop a U.S. version starring Rooney Mara that was scheduled for broadcast sometime in 2016. Flynn now has Sharp Objects, a limited series based on her novel of the same name and starring Amy Adams, due out on HBO this year. Dennis Kelly's show blew my mind, and he has been so incredibly generous in letting me crack open his world and play around in it and make it my own weird, wild place. (Flynn subsequently reunited with HBO on the upcoming drama series Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams, which Flynn co-wrote based on her book alongside Marti Noxon). That will likely be less of a problem with Amazon, as the streamer has undergone a major programming shift in recent months.

Utopia is a coproduction from Endemol Shine North America and Kudos, Endemol Shine Group UK's production studio, and Amazon Studios.

"Utopia arrives as Amazon Studios has bene looking to find its version of Game of Thrones under a mandate from CEO Jeff Bezos".

Utopia will be available exclusively on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.

"We are huge fans of Gillian Flynn's electrifying work", said Nick Hall, the head of alternative series for Amazon Studios.

Flynn, who also penned bestseller Sharp Objects - which has been adapted into an HBO miniseries coming this summer - is serving as showrunner, executive producer, and writer of the series. "She crafts stories that hold her audience in a constant state of suspense and subverts the expectations behind her characters". Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted & Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America, who helped push the project through the final hurdles to a series order, picking up where Hall had left off, will oversee production for Endemol Shine.

Flynn is repped by WME.

Utopia does not now have a premiere date.

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