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David Fincher to direct an HBO series about the music video industry

on December 20, 2014, 5:25pm

Before helming films like Se7enGone Girl, and The Social Network, David Fincher spent the ’80s directing music videos for A-list acts like The Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Sting. Now, he’s set to revisit those early days with a forthcoming series for HBO.

According to Deadline, Fincher will direct Living On Video, a half-hour comedy about the music video industry in Los Angeles circa 1983. The series will focus on a main character named Bobby, a recent college dropout who heads to Hollywood in the hopes of directing a sci-fi epic, only to land work as a PA at a video production company.

Living On Video will reportedly resemble the structure of HBO mainstay Entourage, as Bobby comes into contact with big-name directors, publicists, crew members, and record executives of the “then-exploding video industry.”

Fincher developed the concept alongside Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stevenson, an early collaborator from his video directing days. Wilkes and Stevenson will also write the series. Though casting is still underway, a pilot episode has already been given the go-ahead by HBO’s top brass.

This isn’t the only music-centric series coming to HBO. Earlier this week, the broadcast giant picked up Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s long-in-the-works TV series about a ’70s New York City record label executive.

Even after becoming an Oscar winner, Fincher has continued to direct music videos. Most recently, he directed Justin Timberlake and Jay Z’s clip for “Suit & Tie”, which earned him a VMA for Best Direction. Below, enjoy a few other highlights from his extensive videography.

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