During publicity rounds for Gone Girl, David Fincher said he’d be spending the next year or so focusing on television; specifically, he and Gillian Flynn have been working on HBO’s Americanized version of Utopia (he’ll direct the entire first season). The cable network must be treating Fincher well, as the director has announced plans to add two more series to his — and their — slate.
First up is a collaboration with L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia writer, James Ellroy on a noir drama called Shakedown (not connected to Ellroy’s novella). Set in 1950s Los Angeles, the series will center on a private detective, based on real-life P.I. Fred Otash, whose fictionalized adventures were chronicled in Ellroy’s The Cold Six Thousand and Blood’s a Rover.
Fincher’s third project circles back to the director’s early career in music video. He’ll produce a pilot for HBO called Living on Video, which focuses on the early days (1980s) of music video, and the crew members who worked in the business. Fincher will executive produce, along with his Gone Girl (and countless other films/music videos) producer, Cean Chaffin and Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, House of Cards).
The director has made it clear that television is where he belived the interesting characters are:
[Walter White, Rust Cohle, Marty Hart, Piper Chapman] “…those are the characters that get to say that they’re about something and then behave in a way that maybe refutes that. You don’t get to do that in movies. For the most part television is the place where you can take a character…and really look at what makes them tick.”
So yeah, keep that HBO subscription going.