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Utopia’s US remake cancelled by Amazon after one season

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Utopia has been cancelled at Amazon after just one season.

The US series has befallen the same fate as the UK show it was based on, after being axed by the streamer.

The drama, starring John Cusack, had been in the works for six years, after originally being picked up in 2014 by HBO, with David Fincher and his Gone Girl collaborator Gillian Flynn at the helm.

Fincher left the project but in 2018, Flynn moved her overall deal to Amazon, with Utopia finally hitting screens on September 25 this year.

However, the eight-episode run was not met with glowing reviews, with a rating of 51% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Amazon, like Netflix, does not release audience figures.

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Utopia will not return for season two (Picture: Elizabeth Morris/Amazon Studios)

Utopia followed a group of comic book fans who bond over their obsession for a seemingly fictional comic called Utopia.

However, as they unearth hidden meanings in the comic about a pandemic (timely), they realise that the threats to humanity are very real.

John Cusack led the cast as Kevin Christie, with Dan Byrd, Ashleigh LaThrop, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, Desmin Borhes, Jessica Rothe, Javon Walton, Christopher Denham, Farrah Mackenzie, Corey Michael Smith and Jeanine Serralles making up the rest of the cast.

The series was based on the UK show of the same name, which was created by Dennis Kelly.

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Utopia was cancelled on Channel 4 after two series (Picture: Channel 4)

Utopia ran for two series on Channel 4 in 2013 and 2014 and gained a cult following, but fans were left devastated when it was confirmed in October 2014 that there would not be a third series.

A statement read: ‘Utopia is truly channel-defining: strikingly original, powered by Dennis Kelly’s extraordinary voice and brought to life in all its technicolor glory through Marc Munden’s undeniable creative flair and vision, the team at Kudos delivered a series which has achieved fervent cult status over two brilliantly warped and nail-biting series.

‘It also has the honour of ensuring audiences will never look at a spoon in the same way again. It’s always painful to say goodbye to shows we love, but it’s a necessary part of being able to commission new drama, a raft of which are launching on the channel throughout 2015.’

Utopia received positive reviews, but there was controversy over its levels of graphic violence – with a horrific torture scene involving a spoon being repeated in the American version.

Utopia is available to watch on Amazon Prime

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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