David Fincher Will Direct Season 1 of HBO's Supernatural Thriller Utopia

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In what is a pretty big commitment — destined to take up most of 2015 — David Fincher's planning to direct every episode of HBO's adaptation of the British series Utopia.


Assuming that HBO's Utopia is a close adaptation of the original UK show, it'll follow a group of people who have a cult graphic novel that supposedly predicts major disasters. Once they have the graphic novel, called The Utopia Experiments, they find themselves targeted by a shadowy organization. Which also has an ominous name: The Network.

Fincher told The Guardian why he was willing to spend his whole year on this project:

"I like the world of it," he says. "I like the characters – I love Dennis's [Kelly, creator of the UK show] honesty and affinity for the nerds. I mean, I've always been a bit of a junior conspiracy theorist cos I don't have time to connect them all! But it's nice to see that somebody has." He is planning to direct the whole series, which will keep him busy for most of 2015, and is not looking much beyond that. There is no long-term plan (at least not that he's confessing to). "Oddly enough," he says, "I did a remake of a literary adaptation, then I did a remake of a television show. Now I'm doing a literary adaptation [and then remaking another show]. I don't know: the pattern is not clear to me exactly what it is that I'm doing. But I'm sure it'll be illuminated for me. Your job is context. I'm just a hamster on a wheel!"



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I really, really don't see a point in this whole remake. The series is neither old, nor cheaply produced, visually unimpressive or culturally "inadequate for US audiences" . It is a fine show with a distinct style, great actors, great plot and a unique atmosphere.

Sometimes we call copies "rip-offs" or "plagiarism", but as long as it's says David Fincher or HBO on the cover it's fine? What do the original show's creators say to this?