David Fincher's 'Utopia' Falls Apart

Unable to overcome a budget impasse, HBO has reportedly released the cast of David Fincher's hotly anticipated conspiracy thriller "Utopia."

An adaptation of the 2013 U.K. drama of the same name, the project not only reteamed the director with "Gone Girl" writer Gillian Flynn, but was set to star Rooney Mara, Colm Feore, Eric McCormack, Dallas Roberts, Jason Ritter, Brandon Scott and Agyness Deyn.

According to Deadline, HBO retains the rights to "Utopia," which means Fincher won't be able to shop the series elsewhere. But, the website contends, executives apparently like the project and could try to line up another director.

The series follows a small group of people in possession of the script for a sequel to "The Utopia Experiments," a cult graphic novel said to have predicted the worst disasters of the last century. On the run from a shadowy organization, the must uncover the meaning hidden in the pages of the script before the disasters it depicts become a reality.

Although Deadline states that it's unclear where the unraveling of "Utopia" leaves Fincher's other HBO project, “Videosynchrazy," Indiewire asserts that the 1980s music-video comedy is also dead.

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