On Thursday, Variety reported that Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn had signed a deal with Amazon Studios to devise an American adaptation of the British TV series Utopia. The deal has Flynn creating, executive producing and show-running a nine-episode straight-to-series order.
The original Utopia series, created by Dennis Kelly, was about a group of young adults who, per Variety, are “mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near mythical cult underground graphic novel.” It premiered in 2013 and ran for two seasons.
Flynn discussed her new project in a statement, saying:
“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.”
Meanwhile, Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects has been made into an HBO mini-series starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven.
Here’s what the original Utopia looks like, for those who haven’t seen: