When Channel 4 thriller Utopia was cancelled in 2014, fans were outraged. Now, they’d never see how Dennis Kelly’s twisted story – which involved a fake flu virus, forced sterilisation and plenty of graphic violence – would pan out, with the playwright’s strange new world cut off ahead of its time.
Now, as the series is remade for a US audience on Amazon Prime Video, some version of Utopia can live on. But how different will the American version of Utopia be from the British? According to screenwriter Gillian Flynn, who consulted closely with Kelly during the adaptation process, picking where to make changes was key to the new series’ success.
“I’ve never understood that idea of remaking something, desperately devoted to being exactly like the thing that you were remaking,” Flynn told RadioTimes.com.
“Because as Dennis himself would constantly tell me, if I was like ‘did I go too far?’ when I sent him …