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David Fincher And HBO Are Making A Comedy About Music Videos

David Fincher has a lot of interesting ideas, and his latest will take him to HBO. This morning, it was announced that HBO has picked up Fincher’s brand new comedy project to series. It’s currently rolling with the title Video Synchronicity, and it will follow the music video industry in the 1980s.

Video Synchronicity will reportedly star Red Band Society’s Charlie Rowe (presumably with hair) as Robby, a young student who is tired of college and drops out to pursue a career in Hollywood. He’s a science fiction nerd who really wants to direct large science fiction epics. But Los Angeles has a way of twisting and shifting dreams into different realities, and soon Robby will land a gig as a production assistant for a music video company.

The 1980s were the heyday for music videos and the industry will only be growing during the time period when Video Synchronicity is set. It’s supposed to be a little like Entourage, I’m guessing due to the fact that it explores a side of Hollywood with humorous notes. I thought HBO’s new series Ballers was supposed to fill a similar fame and excess-oriented niche, but at least this music video show will have a period feel to it. Corbin Bernsen, Kerry Condon, Jason Flemyng, Elizabeth Lail, Sam Page and Paz Vega are also set to star in the series.

This isn’t the first time Fincher has been a part of the development of a TV series. The prolific director is also an executive producer on Netflix’s House of Cards and directed the first two episodes of the streaming service’s series. This time around, it looks as if the director will be involved even more heavily. According to THR, he will both executive produce and direct Video Synchronicity, but he also conceptualized the comedy series and will write alongside Bob Stephenson and Rich Wilkes. In addition, Michael Lehmann and Marcos Siega will co-executive produce. Fincher’s work on this comedy is fitting, considering he is known for his music video work in the 80s, including “Straight Up” by Paula Abdula and “Express Yourself” by Madonna.

I have no idea what this means for the other series Fincher had in the works with HBO some months back. That project was a thriller called Utopia, and Fincher was supposed to direct all of the episodes of the drama. Not to mention, Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn was supposed to be involved. Maybe it’s no longer coming to fruition, and maybe it’s on hold as Video Synchronicity moves forward? We’ll let you know as soon as we know.

In the meantime, here’s to hoping that the tentative title Video Synchronicity gets changed sometime in the future. While better than the original title, Living on Video, the new one’s still kind of lengthy and silly, not to mention a total pain in the ass to type. I might want it to change for my own selfish reasons, but that doesn’t make me wrong.

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

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