"Utopia is all about exploring resonant issues within dark, twisted storytelling"
Amazon has ordered a US remake of Utopia, four years after the cult Channel 4 drama was initially cancelled.
The show, which aired for two seasons from 2013, told the story of a group of people who are pursued by a secretive organisation after they get their hands on a graphic novel containing conspiracy theories which are slowly becoming true.
But while the show finished with unanswered questions after its second series in 2014, Amazon has now commissioned a stateside reboot – with the whole thing being overseen by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.
“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.
“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.”
The new development comes after HBO previously ordered a US version of the show in 2014, with David Fincher onboard before it was cancelled.
“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.”