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Amazon recruits Gone Girl author for adaptation of Channel 4 conspiracy thriller Utopia

Tuesday, April 24th 2018 by Steve McCaskill

Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, will spearhead a new original television series for Amazon Prime called Utopia.

The series sees a group of young adults, who meet online, hunted by a government organisation after they discover a cult underground graphic novel containing conspiracy theories that might just be real.

Utopia is based on the Channel 4 series of the same name which lasted two six-part series broadcast between 2013 and 2014. The Amazon production will last for nine episodes and will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on the global Amazon Prime Video platform.

Flynn is the creator, executive producer and showrunner for Utopia and Amazon Studios has signed her up to create more shows in the future.

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

'Creative catnip'

“Utopia is pure creative catnip to me," said Flynn. "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.”

Other Amazon Originals include American Gods, The Man in the High Castle, The Vikings and The Grand Tour, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. A third series of that show is expected to premiere later this year.

You can get Amazon Prime Video for £5.99 a month. This subscription gives you access to the full video catalogue, but doesn’t include other services such as one-day delivery, cloud storage and music. For this, you need a Prime subscription which is £7.99 a month or £79 for 12 months. In any case, you get a 30-day free trial to see what the fuss is all about.

Prime Video can be watched on your laptop, smartphone or tablet as well as through your games console, smart TV or streaming device.

Earlier this month, Amazon revealed it had more than 100 million Prime subscribers around the world.

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