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David Fincher’s 1980s Music-Video Comedy Lands at HBO

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David Fincher’s 1980s Music-Video Comedy Lands at HBO

HBO has ordered a 1980s music-video comedy series from David Fincher, director of “The Social Network” and “Gone Girl.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the tentatively titled “Video Synchronicity” follows wide-eyed college dropout Robby, who drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. There, he lands a job as a production assistant for a company that shoots music videos, giving him a ground-level view of the then-exploding industry.

Charlie Rowe, the breakout star of Fox’s short-lived comedy-drama “Red Band Society,” plays Robby, replacing “The Killing’s” Tyler Ross, who apparently appeared in the first two episodes (rather than a traditional pilot). The cast also reportedly includes Sam Page, Jason Flemyng, Kerry Condon, Elizabeth Lail, Corbin Bernsen and Paz Vega.

Fincher, a two-time Oscar nominee whose filmography includes “Seven,” “Fight Club,” “Zodiac” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” is no stranger to music videos: He’s won two Grammy Awards for best music video, for The Rolling Stones’ “Love is Strong” and Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s “Suit & Tie.” His list of credits stretches back to 1984, to the era of “Video Synchronicity,” working with the likes of Rick Springfield, The Outfield, Paula Abdul and Madonna.

Fincher will write the half-hour comedy, based on his idea, alongside Bob Stephenson and Rich Wilkes.

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