David Fincher has been receiving rave reviews for this weekend's thriller Gone Girl, which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, but instead of focusing on his next feature film, the director is shifting focus to television projects such as HBO's Utopia. During a recent interview with The Guardian, David Fincher confirmed he is directing every Season 1 episode, which will "keep him busy for most of 2015."
We first reported on the project earlier this year, with the director teaming up with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn to adapt the original U.K. series Utopia into an American series. The show follows a graphic novel which has attained cult status after it predicted a series of global catastrophes. The series centers on a group of rabid fans who find a manuscript for the novel's sequel, as they are being pursued by an organization known as "The Network".
"I like the world of it. 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 cause I don't have time to connect them all! But it's nice to see that somebody has."
While the director doesn't have any concrete plans after directing all of the Utopia episodes, he discussed a recent pattern in his work.
"Oddly enough, I did a remake of a literary adaptation (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), then I did a remake of a television show (House of Cards). Now I'm doing a literary adaptation (Gone Girl) [and then remaking another show]. I don't know: the pattern is not clear to me exactly what it is that I'm doing. But I'm sure it'll be illuminated for me. Your job is context. I'm just a hamster on a wheel!"
If this pattern holds true, David Fincher will direct another adaptation after his work once Utopia is done. However, we reported earlier this month that the filmmaker is teaming up with crime novelist James Ellroy for another HBO series set in 1950s Los Angeles. That report also indicated the filmmaker is much more interested in television work lately, calling it the "path of least resistance," as opposed to working with movie studios.