Siddhartha wants liberation, Dante wants Beatrice, Frodo wants to get to Mount Doom—we all want something. Quest is elemental to the human experience. All road narratives are to some extent built on quest. If you’re a woman, though, this fundamental possibility of quest is denied. You can’t go anywhere if you can’t step out onto a road.
Author of Gone Girl Gillian Flynn is writing the remake of the British TV series Utopia, by playwright Dennis Kelly. Flynn will be working with director David Fincher on the project for HBO.
I saw episodes of Utopia on a plane to England last year, and it was mind-boggling how unique and arresting the show was. Unfortunately, you can’t order it on DVD from America, unless you have one of those players that’s PAL-compatible or whatever. I know because I ordered it on Amazon, and sadly can’t play the DVD and watch the rest of the season. Sad clown.
I tried to listen to Gone Girl on audio and couldn’t get into the voice of the author, or for that matter, the characters. Mary Gaitskill has more to say about this in Bookforum that’s worth a read. Generally, its ok to not like a piece of pop culture that’s in popular demand, more so now than it ever was before.
That Flynn is going to try and write the remake is absurd, if you’ve ever seen the original version of the show. ABSURD. It looks like Kelly is also working on the American version as an executive producer, according to Entertainment Weekly, so who knows what they’ll come up with. I have my doubts its going to come anywhere near the original version. WHY does America have to do a remake of this awesome show? Why not just air the original version?? If its not broke, don’t fix it; a perturbed sentiment leaves me no other choice but to resort to cliches.