David Fincher will direct the entire first season of Utopia, the HBO series he is producing with Gone Girl’s author Gillian Flynn. The duo announced their plans to adapt the British TV conspiracy series in February, with Fincher directing Flynn’s scripts, but it wasn’t clear just how much Fincher would be behind the camera. (For Netflix’s House of Cards, the other major show Fincher produces, he directed only the first two episodes of season one.)
But Fincher told the Guardian that he intended to helm the entire first season. “I like the world of it,” he said. “I like the characters—I love Dennis’s [Kelly, creator of the U.K. show] honesty and affinity for the nerds. I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a junior conspiracy theorist [because] I don’t have time to connect them all! But it’s nice to see that somebody has.”
Kelly’s Utopia, which has aired for two six-episode seasons on Britain’s Channel 4, is the story of five comic-book fans who become targets of the shadowy Network after they discover an unpublished manuscript for The Utopia Experiments, a sequel to a cult graphic novel that appears to predict all types of global catastrophes.
Here’s a spoiler-heavy video synopsis of season one: