HBO orders David Fincher's 1980s music video comedy
David Fincher has landed a series order for his 1980s-set comedy about the music video industry, THR reports. The series, now titled Video Synchronicity (previously Living on Video), is said to be an Entourage-esque look at the music video’s boom time, featuring plenty of casual drug use and a wide-eyed newcomer who just wants to make sci-fi films.
It’s a story Fincher knows well. In the ’80s, the two-time Oscar-nominated director (The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) helmed the video for Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” among other hits. He has won two Grammy Awards for best music video—The Rolling Stones’ “Love Is Strong” and Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s “Suit & Tie.”
Red Band Society‘s Charlie Rowe is set to star. Details about the series, in typical Fincher fashion, are being kept quiet, but the rest of the cast is said to include Sam Page (a recurring player on Netflix’s House of Cards, which Fincher produces), Jason Flemyng, Kerry Condon, Elizabeth Lail, Corbin Bernsen, and Paz Vega.
Based on an idea from Fincher, Video Synchronicity will be written by Fincher, Bob Stephenson, and Rich Wilkes (xXx). Michael Lehmann and Marcos Siega will serve as co-executive producers.
Fincher was already set to work closely with HBO on Utopia, an adaptation of a British TV series that he is producing with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Fincher will direct every episode of the show’s first season.