David Fincher’s Directing An HBO Pilot About 1980s Music Video Production
But how much Vogueing will there be?
One mega-director is going to be paying homage to his roots soon enough: David Fincher’s directing a pilot for HBO that follows music video crews of the 1980s. He’s got some first-hand experience there, having directed upwards of 45 music videos in the ’80s, including Madonna’s iconic video for “Vogue.*”
Fincher’s also set to direct the first season of Utopia for HBO (with Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn writing that first season). That one’s based off the cult favorite UK show of the same name, which I have never seen (shout out in the comments if I should watch the original). According to The Wrap it “follows diehard fans of an iconic, underground graphic novel.”
They are suddenly drawn into a pop-culture thriller when they learn that the author has secretly written a sequel. The new manuscript is much more than just a book, though, and soon the fans find themselves in the midst of a shocking conspiracy.
Fincher’s other HBO project will reportedly be called Living On Video, and be set in the era when music videos really hit the mainstream. Insert prerequisite “when MTV was about music” joke here. Instead of focusing on Madonna the series will focus on the people who worked on the music videos who were not Madonna. From Deadline:
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO’s Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of the newcomer.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed real hard that the only resemblance this series will have to Entourage is that they’re both behind-the-scenes-y.
*Correction: “Vogue” was 1990. He did direct a Madonna music video in the ’80s, though: “Express Yourself,” in ’89.