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Old 09-30-14, 10:28 AM
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Utopia (Amazon) - S: John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, EP: Gillian Flynn

Per Comingsoon.net:

As Gone Girl racks up tremendous accolades, director David Fincher's follow-up project will not be for the big screen but rather the small as he reunites with writer Gillian Flynn for the HBO series "Utopia." According to The Guardian, Gone Girl writer Flynn will adapt the British crime thriller, and unlike Fincher's previous series "House of Cards," the helmer will direct all episodes in the first season.

Created by Dennis Kelly for Channel 4 in 2013, the original "Utopia" revolved around a graphic novel called "The Utopia Experiments" that proved oddly prophetic in predicting world disasters. When a group of young people/conspiracy geeks come across the manuscript for the sequel novel, they are pursued by an agency called The Network while trying to stop the future calamities it documents.

"I like the world of it," Fincher says of the show, which will occupy him well into 2015. "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 'cause I don't have time to connect them all! But it's nice to see that somebody has."

The UK version of "Utopia" just finished its second season in August and is eyeing a potential third and fourth, which if you know anything about British television is kind of a long run. Fincher himself admits to be following a similar pattern to a few years ago when he adapted The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for the screen then followed it with the popular Netflix series "House of Cards."

"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!"
I'm definitely in, especially with Fincher directing the entire season.
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Utopia (the UK one) is a good show. A little far fetched, but still enjoyable. I hope they don't change it too much.
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re: Utopia (Amazon) - S: John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, EP: Gillian Flynn

Guess they'll have to change the name because of that reality show?
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re: Utopia (Amazon) - S: John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, EP: Gillian Flynn

I've been praising Utopia in our UK thread for awhile. Its region free on Amazon UK if you get the Blu version. I got it for around $10. Easily on the best shows on TV now.
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UK show is fantastic. I'll check out the HBO version, but honestly I have a hard time thinking of anything they could improve and an easy time thinking of ways they could make it worse.

My one hope with this is it in some way leads to UK S2 (and onward) being released on Blu. From what I've heard there isn't any current plans to ever release beyond S1 on Blu, just on DVD only.
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Never heard of the UK show. That being said HBO + Fincher = epic win in my book. I'm on board for this one.
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IN with Fincher for sure
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I hope they keep the "look & feel" of the UK version, since that's a big part of the appeal. I don't know if I've ever seen a TV show with such a... unique look. It reminds me more of a Danny Boyle or Jean-Pierre Jeunet film than a conventional TV show.

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Looks like Fincher is taking a page from Soderbergh's playbook by directing an entire season of episodes. I like it!
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Originally Posted by Lifepawn View Post
UK show is fantastic. I'll check out the HBO version, but honestly I have a hard time thinking of anything they could improve and an easy time thinking of ways they could make it worse.

My one hope with this is it in some way leads to UK S2 (and onward) being released on Blu. From what I've heard there isn't any current plans to ever release beyond S1 on Blu, just on DVD only.
I agree with all of this.
Also hoping for blu-rays of original series.
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re: Utopia (Amazon) - S: John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, EP: Gillian Flynn

Originally Posted by Rex Fenestrarum View Post
I hope they keep the "look & feel" of the UK version, since that's a big part of the appeal. I don't know if I've ever seen a TV show with such a... unique look. It reminds me more of a Danny Boyle or Jean-Pierre Jeunet film than a conventional TV show.
Yeah, the music, the color saturation, even the really cropped wide screen with long wide shots... its unique.
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wow. Fincher directing an entire series.

I wonder if we will be seeing more of this (acclaimed directors doing entire short seasons 8-10 episode arcs).
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re: Utopia (Amazon) - S: John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, EP: Gillian Flynn

Fincher directing. Hope it's better than House of Cards.
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re: Utopia (Amazon) - S: John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, EP: Gillian Flynn

Originally Posted by Navinabob View Post
Yeah, the music, the color saturation, even the really cropped wide screen with long wide shots... its unique.
The music! How could I have forgotten that? Watching series 2 this spring inspired me to buy the soundtrack... and, if Last.fm is correct, it's my second-most listened to album of the year. Interesting stuff, and I don't normally "get into" soundtracks.
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Finally started with the UK series of this and I'm really looking forward to Fincher's take. While the UK version is well done, there was certainly some room for improvement, and as much as I love the soundtrack here I'd love to hear Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross take on it, so hopefully he brings them along.

I also have to imagine Fincher's will be a lot darker (visually and in tone, the UK version is bleak but almost playful with it). I hope he throws a nod to them and at least keeps it in 2.35:1.

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^ has any tv show ever been shot in 2:35? I think there's a Bill Paxton miniseries airing on History in May that was at least shot in 2:35, but has any others?
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I can't recall seeing any actual long running TV shows do it, but it really does give this show a very cinematic feel.

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Utopia (UK), Borgen (Danish), Spoils of Babylon (Sundance mini-series) and House of Cards (2.00:1) are about it. So maybe we'll at least get 2.00:1

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http://deadline.com/2015/08/utopia-d...ed-1201495743/

‘Utopia’ With David Fincher Dead At HBO As Actors Are Released

Budget problems killed it apparently. Fincher wanted $100M+ to make the show and HBO and he couldn't compromise.
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Heh that's one issue with Fincher, no compromises. $100m+ is a lot for a show like that
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Back alive with Flynn as show runner, now @ Amazon: http://deadline.com/2018/04/utopia-s...at-1202367487/
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Doesn't seem like any Fincher involvement anymore.
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Considering current world events and what the show was actually about, ot sure if this is perfectly or horribly timed. Either way, it looks like a step down from the OG.


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The feel of the original is what I remember. That opening sequence. The dread around the two hitmen.

That first opening scene in the comic book shop is such a great watch, for those who don't know about the original. If that hooks you, you should watch the whole thing.

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When the conspiracy in the elusive comic Utopia is real, a group of young fans come together to embark on a high-stakes twisted adventure to use what they uncover to save themselves, each other, and ultimately humanity. Starring John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, and Sasha Lane.
The season is up now. 8 episodes.
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Good show so far. Was surprised by a shakeup in episode two. The two hitmen are the highlight again.

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