Amazon chose not to order a second season of Utopia, his direct serial adaptation of the British drama, written by Missing girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn. The series, starring John Cusack, Sasha Lane, and Rainn Wilson, premiered on September 25 to poor reviews and proceeded quietly.
Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online and are ruthlessly hunted down by a dark and deep state organization after taking possession of an almost mythical cult underground graphic novel. In the pages of the comic, they learn about conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique, and ironic position of saving the world.
The Amazon adaptation was a co-production between Endemol Shine North America / Kudos and Amazon Studios. Executive producers alongside Flynn were Jessica Rhoades, Sharon Hall, Karen Wilson and Dennis Kelly.
An American version of the 2013-14 British series Utopia, Created by Dennis Kelly and produced by UK production studio Kudos of the Endemol Shine group, was previously in the works at HBO in 2015 with David Fincher and Flynn. (Fincher, who had originally been attached to direct and executive production, brought in Flynn to write the series after working with her on the feature film. Missing girl, which he directed from a screenplay she wrote based on her book.) The series was in pre-production, and Fincher and Flynn had rehearsed with the cast which included Rooney Mara, Colm Feore, Eric McCormack, Dallas Roberts and Jason Ritter, when he fell apart after Fincher and HBO couldn’t agree on a budget.