Amazon and Gillian Flynn to Reboot Cult UK TV Series 'Utopia'
Published Apr 24, 2018Dearly departed cult UK TV series Utopia is at last getting a second chance via a U.S. reboot. Following a failed HBO deal, Amazon has now announced it's ordered a U.S. remake with the help of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.
The original UK series created by Dennis Kelly aired for just two seasons, taking viewers down a twisted yet fascinating trail of conspiracy theories. Along the way, it also brought some seriously pitch-black humour, mind-fuck scenarios and some ultra violence, making for one hell of a package.
Unfortunately, though, the out-there drama was cut short when Channel 4 pulled the plug on the series back in 2014.
For the U.S. revival headed up by Amazon, Flynn will oversee the project.
In a statement, she said, "Utopia is pure creative catnip to me. 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.
"Utopia is all about exploring resonant issues within dark, twisted storytelling — it's a series that's urgent and current and a little holy-crap!, but a hell of a lot of a fun."
Of course, this isn't the first time Utopia was set for an American remake. HBO previously had ordered a Stateside version back in 2014 with David Fincher onboard, but that project was eventually canned as well.
"We are huge fans of Gillian Flynn's electrifying work," said Nick Hall, head of alternative series for Amazon Studios. "She crafts stories that hold her audience in a constant state of suspense and subverts the expectations behind her characters. She will deliver Prime Video members a series they won't forget, and Utopia's relevance is sure to connect with viewers around the globe."
In addition to Utopia, Flynn has another new show coming up, with HBO premiering her Amy Adams-starring Sharp Objects in July.
As of yet, Amazon has not set a release date for its version of Utopia.