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Remake of British thriller from Shine America nabs series order

Fresh off their collaboration on the feature “Gone Girl,” director David Fincher and scribe Gillian Flynn are teaming to adapt the British conspiracy thriller “Utopia” for HBO and Shine America.

HBO has given a series order to the project and struck an overall deal with Flynn, the novelist who penned the screenplay adaptation of her book “Gone Girl” for New Regency and Fox.

“Utopia” revolves around the drama that ensues when die-hard fans of an iconic graphic novel suddenly learn that the author has secretly written a sequel. The hunt for the manuscript becomes a thriller in itself as the meaning of the book is slowly revealed.

Fincher is on board to direct the pilot and exec produce with Flynn and Joshua Donen. Dennis Kelly, creator of the original Channel 4 series, is exec producing with Kudos’ Jane Featherstone and Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein.

HBO had been eyeing “Utopia” as a vehicle for Fincher, who has a number of projects in the development at the pay cabler. After the helmer and Flynn hit it off while working on “Gone Girl,” the scribe was a natural choice to take on “Utopia.”

The series has just finished lensing its second season in the U.K. and is set to air later this year.

Project marks Fincher’s TV followup to Netflix’s “House of Cards,” which is about to raise the curtain on its second season. Landing “Utopia” on HBO is a big score for the U.S. arm of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group, which has been revving up its scripted series efforts. And it’s another sign of HBO opening the tent to licensing deals with outside studios rather than producing in-house.

Flynn, repped by WME, has emerged as a star scribe thanks to the warm reception in Hollywood for her first novels, which also include “Dark Places” and “Sharp Objects.”

“Gone Girl,” about a woman who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, is set for release in October.

“Dark Places” has also been tabbed for a big screen adaptation starring Charlize Theron and Chloe Grace Moritz.

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