Amazon Studios Greenlights "Utopia", Signs Gillian Flynn to Overall Deal

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 20, 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. Given a straight to series order of nine episodes, Utopia is one of several new offerings that has been given the go-ahead since Jennifer Salke was appointed to Head of Amazon Studios. "They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic's pages may actually be real and are forced in to the risky, unique and ironic position of saving the world", according to Deadline.

The deal with Amazon gives Flynn two series, the first of which will be Utopia. Flynn will serve as executive producer and showrunner with Kelly also set to executive produce. 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 had been attached to produce and write the HBO version, so there is at least that continuity, though Fincher no longer appears to be involved.

Flynn, who wrote the immensely popular thriller Gone Girl and also penned the screenplay for David Fincher's film adaptation in 2014, is now working on Sharp Objects for HBO - a hotly anticipated miniseries from Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée which stars Amy Adams. As it turned out, Fincher and HBO had a disagreement with regard to the show's production budget, and the project never came to fruition. 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. "She crafts stories that hold her audience in a constant state of suspense and subverts the expectations behind her characters". "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".

Utopia will be made available exclusively on Prime Video worldwide.

Flynn is repped by WME.

Amazon will distribute the series in 200 countries and territories. A premiere date has not yet been determined.

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