David’s attention at that point — he is someone who likes to be hands on, on everything — got diverted by another project [HBO’s Utopia]. [He’s] not good at letting us go ahead and do what we needed to do on Video Synchronicity while he was working on Utopia. I texted with him today, we’re going to turn our attention soon back to Video Synchronicity and figure out the path forward. But I fully expect we’re going to be able to finish that up.
David Fincher HBO Pilot 'Utopia' In Jeopardy Over Budget Issues
By Nellie Andreeva

Prospects appear grim for Utopia, HBO’s drama pilot from David Fincher, an adaptation of the Channel 4 series created by Dennis Kelly. The issue I hear is budgetary, as the director and the pay cable network are yet to agree on a budget for the high-profile, big-scope project. The pilot already has cast a number of actors, including Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, though all deals are contingent on a budget agreement, which has not been reached yet and chances are getting slimmer.

I hear the plan had been for Fincher to finish prepping Utopia before resuming work on his other HBO project, 1980s comedy Videosynchrazy, whose production was halted for additional script work. Fincher is a very hands-on filmmaker, so no writing can be done without his involvement. That series also reportedly had been dealing with some budget-related issues as overages had been reported during filming. The crew of the series has been released, and many already have lined up new jobs.


Wenzel Hablik & the colorful dining room of his house in Itzehoe, Germany, 1923. 1 | ceiling before restoration. Photos Sönke Wurr. 4 | The room in 1926. © Wenzel-Hablik-Stiftung. Via Hablik Projekt.

Hablik was inspired by the bauhaus, and Walter Gropius was even a guest here, but his wife, the weaver Elisabeth Lindemann, got headaches in the room. In 1933 he did cover his work with a japanese sidewall.