Everyone continues to be mum on David Fincher’s Living On Video, which is yet to be acknowledged by HBO, but I’ve learned that the period comedy quietly has been picked up to series by the network. I had heard that the project filmed two episodes in lieu of a pilot, and the network has ordered 8 more for a 10-episode first-season run. HBO declined comment.
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of a newcomer, Robby (Charlie Rowe). Robby is a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic and lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. Believed to be co-starring in the secret project are Sam Page, Jason Flemyng, Corbin Bernsen, Kerry Condon and Elizabeth Lail.
Fincher, who directed the first episodes, is revisiting his music video director roots with the comedy, written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stephenson, a friend of Fincher’s from his music video days, based on an idea by Fincher.
Living On Video gives The Social Network and Gone Girl director Fincher a second on-air series. He also executive produces and directed the first two episodes of Netflix drama House of Cards.