Depsite the fact that it was already awesome, none other than David Fincher (Gone Girl, Fight Club, Seven) had been working on an American adaptation set up at HBO for years. And if its going to be adapted they're the kinds of names we'd want attached. Apparently he had a great cast ready to go, including Rooney Mara and a brilliant script from Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn but now the project is dead.
Deadline reports the unfortunate news, suggesting that it all came down to budget issues between Fincher and HBO. Rumour has it that the director was set to come on board for the whole series but only with a budget of $100 million, HBO got stuck at $95 million. Considering the original likely cost a tiny fraction of that, it's hard to know exactly where the cash was set to go, but does make us curious as to the scale Fincher's show was looking to achieve.
It seems the filmmaker isn't having the best of weeks, as a second HBO show called Videosyncrasy has also been cancelled before it could start shooting. It was set to follow the life of a young director who moves to Hollywood in the 80s to start working for a music video company. As of right now, Fincher doesn't have anything new and confirmed on his slate, so we'll have to wait and see what this talented director does next.