When Amazon acquired the rights to Banks' Culture series in February 2018, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tweeted that it was "a huge personal favorite." But in an interview this week with Den of Geek, Utopia creator Dennis Kelly, who was working on the adaptation, says the project is no longer moving forward. “We’d talked about it for two or three years and it went a certain way along,” says Kelly. “I’d written probably 20-30 pages of the bible, but once I got a sense that it wasn’t going to happen, I had to stop writing because you become emotionally attached to the work. You think, I can’t bring myself to write work that I think may not happen, especially not that, because I loved Iain Banks. I loved those novels, I thought they were incredible.” Consider Phlebas was considered potentially the next Game of Thrones.