A number of top-tier filmmakers found their start in the business by helming music videos during the music-video boom of the 1980s and 1990s, but none of them have proved as consistently revelatory as David Fincher. With the hugely arguable exception of Alien 3, the man has only directed masterpieces and near-masterpieces, and House of Cards, his first stab at television, has proven hypnotically stylish, narratively inventive, and deeply funny through three seasons now. Now, Fincher is getting ready to move into comedy with a series based on his own experiences during the early days of the music-video boom in the 1980s, and HBO just announced that they have put a series order in for Fincher’s television project, which has the working title of Video Synchronicity.
According to THR, the series revolves around Robby (Charlie Rowe), a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed college dropout who drives to Hollywood to become a big-league director and lands his first job as a production assistant at a company that produces music videos. The series has set a large cast to back up Rowe, who got his start in Red Band Society, with supporting turns from Jason Flemyng, Kerry Condon, Elizabeth Lail, Corbin Bernsen, Paz Vega, and Sam Page, who has already worked with Fincher on House of Cards.
There aren’t much details to share beyond that, but it’s worth pointing out that this would make the fourth comedy that HBO has ordered to series over the last few months. All four series, with the exception of the pick-up of High Maintenance, a cult web series, are being helmed by major players (Sarah Jessica Parker, Lorne Michaels, etc.) but the newfound confidence in picking up so many comedies likely has an equal amount to do with the continued success of Veep and Silicon Valley, perhaps the two strongest comedies the pay channel has ever put its weight and money behind. Then again, Fincher’s television follow-up to House of Cards would have been an obvious pick-up for any network who got pitched, even Cinemax.