Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn to adapt Channel 4’s violent thriller Utopia

The bestselling author will pen a remake of the conspiracy thriller for HBO

We know she’s capable of spinning a good tale, she can certainly keep us on the edge of our seats, and she’s the master of a plot twist. So Gillian Flynn, the author who penned Gone Girl – the best selling novel which is soon to be on a cinema screen near you – seems like the perfect match for Channel 4’s Utopia.


American network HBO have ordered a remake of the conspiracy thriller, which aired on Channel 4 in January last year, for US audiences – and they’ve secured Gone Girl author Flynn as well as David Fincher, who directed the big screen adaptation of Flynn’s novel, to bring it to life. 

Written and created by Dennis Kelly, the UK version stars Alexandra Roach, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Fiona O’Shaughnesssy. The drama follows a small group of people who had come into contact with a sequel to a cult graphic novel called The Utopia Experiments, a manuscript which is rumoured to have predicted all the big disasters in the last century. Each of them are then targeted by an organisation known as The Network, and they must evade being discovered in order to survive.

The drama, which was the focus of controversy over its use of extreme, graphic violence, is returning for a second series on Channel 4 later this year. 

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