Amazon Studios has chosen the adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn from Utopia, an adaptation of the cult television program on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. Variety reports that the studio has ordered a first season of nine episodes in a direct order to series, and has signed Flynn for a general agreement for additional projects.
The two-season show, which originally aired between 2013 and 2014, garnered critical acclaim and a devoted fan base before its abrupt cancellation. Follow a group of people who get a manuscript of the sequel to a cult graphic novel called The Utopia Experiments, which is believed to have predicted some of the worst disasters in the world. As the characters try to find clues about other possible disasters that lie ahead, they are the target of a mysterious organization called The Network. In February 2014, before Channel 4 canceled the program, HBO ordered its own adaptation of the series, with Flynn attached to write and House of Cards and Gone Girl director, David Fincher, to direct. However, that adaptation failed in 2015 due to disputes between Fincher and HBO over the budget of the series, which was scheduled to star actress Rooney Mara, of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. While the project has a new life on Amazon with Flynn, it does not appear that Fincher is involved in this adaptation.
Last year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ordered the studio to start developing new "high-end drama series with global appeal" to better compete with other streaming competitors such as HBO, Netflix and Hulu, and announced that it was developing adaptations of the classic science fiction novels Ringworld and Snow Crash. Since then, a list established in J.R.R. The Middle Earth of Tolkien (and perhaps the Peter Jackson franchise), Iain M. Banks' space opera Consider Phlebas (which by the way is being adapted by the writer of the original series of Utopia, David Kelly) and the novel of science fiction The Peripheral by William Gibson. The company has a large potential audience for its original shows. Jeff Bezos announced yesterday that Amazon Prime has more than 100 million subscribers, while Reuters reported in March that about a quarter of that number broadcasts its videos in the United States.