Amazon has announced that it will produce a US remake of cancelled UK series Utopia.
The online retail and streaming platform is set to create a series based on the short-lived crime thriller, which originally aired on Channel 4 for 2 seasons.
The first season will run for 9 episodes with Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn acting as showrunner.
Utopia follows a group of young people who are hunted by a shadow organisation when they find a mythical comic book that appears to detail government secrets and conspiracies.
The series received much critical acclaim thanks to its original story and gripping portrayal of violence.
It also proved to be controversial at the time due to graphic scenes that included a man having his eyes seared by bleach and a scene featuring a school shooting.
A US remake of the show has been in the works for some time, with HBO originally holding the rights to it 4 years ago.
HBO was apparently keen to get director David Fincher on board and stalled the project when he declined.
Now the series will head to Amazon Prime Video exclusively, with showrunner Gillian Flynn saying that this was a dream project for her.
“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.”
This is the latest of many series that Amazon has recently picked up, including its expensive-sounding Lord of the Rings series, a show based on Iain M Banks’ Culture novels and a Western series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Whilst there’s no release date for Utopia yet, it’s assumed that Amazon will want to move forward with it quickly.
Source: Den of Geek