Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is writing a new series of “Utopia” based on the original British series for Amazon Studios.
The US novelist, who also wrote the screenplay for “Gone Girl”, has signed a TV deal with the studios. “Utopia" will be broadcast on Prime Video across more than 200 territories.
It is based on the UK series of the same name written by Dennis Kelly. The series is a co-production between Endemol Shine North America and Kudos, an Endemol Shine Group UK production studio, and Amazon Studios.
It follows a group of young adults, who meet online and are targeted by a mysterious organisation after they come in to possession of a near mythical cult underground graphic novel. They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic's pages may be true and are forced into saving the world.
"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."
""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," Flynn said.
She described the series as “all about exploring resonant issues within dark, twisted storytelling”.
Diederick Santer, c.e.o of Kudos said; "Dennis Kelly and the team at Kudos created a unique, dark and gripping British thriller, and we are incredibly excited that it has been so brilliantly reimagined by Gillian Flynn for a new global audience."
Flynn is the creator, executive producer and showrunner of Utopia, and executive producers include Jessica Rhoades - who Flynn collaborated with on the HBO adaption of her novel Sharp Objects- along with Kelly, Sharon Hall, Karen Wilson, and Diederick Santer. Sharon Levy, president of unscripted and scripted television, Endemol Shine North America, will oversee production for Endemol Shine.
The original "Utopia" was broadcast on Channel 4 from 2013 to 2014.