As previously announced, David Fincher is once again teaming up with Gone Girl novelist/screenwriter Gillian Flynn to adapt the British series Utopia—the conspiracy thriller, not the terrible reality show—for HBO. Flynn was already set to write the project, and now, according to Entertainment Weekly, Fincher will direct the entire first season. It’s a bit of a shift for Fincher, who helmed only two episodes of House Of Cards before stepping into a producing role.
Utopia follows a group of people who discover an obscure graphic novel that predicts major disasters, only to find themselves tracked by a shadowy agency. Speaking to The Guardian, Fincher explained what he finds so interesting about the project. “I like the world of it,” he says. “I like the characters—I love Dennis’ [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 because I don’t have time to connect them all! But it’s nice to see that somebody has.”