Amazon to adapt Utopia (UK)

Amazon Studios has greenlit a straight-to-series adaptation of UK drama Utopia.

A nine-episode series from award-winning Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects) is based on a 2013-14 series by Dennis Kelly which previously screened in Australia on SBS 2.

A group of young adults, who meet online, are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organisation after they come into possession of a near mythical cult underground graphic novel – they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

“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 Amazon Prime Video members a series they won’t forget, and Utopia’s relevance is sure to connect with viewers around the globe.”

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. 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.” said Gillian Flynn.

Utopia will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories at a date to be announced. Flynn has also inked an overall deal with Amazon Studios.

One Comment:

  1. The US has a poor record of transcribing British TV dramas-and the ‘original’ was intended to be universal in its story-it’s also debatable whether the group were the heroes of the story given what happened and why the conspiracy was being done.

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