David Fincher to Direct HBO Series About '80s Music Video Industry
Published Dec 22, 2014David Fincher is known for dark, unsettling Hollywood movies like Gone Girl, The Social Network and Fight Club, but his next project will take on decidedly lighter subject matter. He's slated to potentially direct an HBO comedy series about the music video market of the '80s.
Deadline reports that the show is called Living on Video, and it will be set in Los Angeles in 1983. The series apparently focuses on a dude named Bobby who goes to the Hollywood hoping to become a director but ends up as a production assistant in a company making music videos. It apparently examines the booming industry from the perspective of a newcomer.
While the script has been completed, casting is only now getting underway, and the series hasn't officially gotten the go-ahead. It's based on an idea by Fincher and was written by Rich Wilkes (Airheads, xXx) and Bob Stevenson.
While the tone of this show looks to be very different from Fincher's usual work, the subject matter is doubtless close to the director's heart. He got his start in the film biz as a production assistant, and he made a name for himself by directing numerous music videos in the '80s.
The show has reportedly been in the works for a number of months. Assuming that it gets the green light, the episodes will be half an hour long.