David Fincher and Charlize Theron are teaming up again. The two worked together before, on Gone Girl and Dark Places. This time the duo will be collaborating on a new original project for Netflix, titled Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. The series is based on the book written by Joe Douglas. Joe Penhall has signed on as writer. It is not clear at this point if he will also serve as showrunner.
In the series Special Agent John Douglas, a twenty-five-year veteran of the Investigative Support Unit, is a legend in his own right. Douglas has pursued some of the most notorious and sadistic killers of our time. As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed and study scores of serial killers, including Manson, Bundy and Gein, who dressed himself in his victim’s skin. Now, in chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter will take us on a behind the scenes tour of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases – and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.
Fincher is no stranger to the subject of killers, he directed Gone Girl, Zodiac (2007) and 1995’s Seven. As for Netflix, he’s well established there. Fincher serves as producer for their House of Cards series.
I will be honest, I’m really looking forward to Mindhunters. We have plenty of law shows, but few that focus on serial killers. With Fincher and Theron signed on it’s likely to be a fantastic series.