Author Gillian Flynn Inks Deal with Amazon Studios

US Remake of Utopia Lands at Amazon, Gillian Flynn Attached

US Remake of Utopia Lands at Amazon, Gillian Flynn Attached

It will be the first project under an overall TV deal she has signed with Amazon Studios.

The series, which is based on the C4 drama of the same name, will revolve around a group of young adults who come into possession of a "near mythical" graphic novel packed with conspiracy theories, and are subsequently hunted by a deep state organisation, leading them to believe that much of the book's content may be true. Within the comic's pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the unsafe, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

Flynn, who also penned bestseller Sharp Objects - which has been adapted into an HBO miniseries coming this summer - is serving as showrunner, executive producer, and writer of the series.

Executive producers include Jessica Rhoades, with whom Flynn collaborated on Sharp Objects, Sharon Hall, Karen Wilson, Dennis Kelly and Diederick Santer.

"We are huge fans of Gillian Flynn's electrifying work", said Nick Hall, head of alternative series for Amazon Studios said. Endemol Shine North America president of scripted and unscripted Sharon Levy will oversee for the company.

Utopia has had an interesting path to the screen.

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. Shine America was attached to exec produce alongside original series EP Jane Featherstone and Joshua Donen as well as the company's Carolyn Bernstein. Utopia will be available exclusively on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. The series never resumed production. But the project, which had Rooney Mara starring, reportedly went way over budget, and after a year, HBO's relationship with Fincher ended with his projects there having stalled out.

Flynn said: "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.

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