David Fincher is returning to Netflix. Years after he helped launch the streaming service’s originals’ department with the Emmy-winning political thriller “House of Cards,” the Oscar-nominated director is again working with the streaming giant on a new drama series.
“Mindhunter” is based off the book “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, a true crime novel focusing on Douglas’ pursuit of the most notorious serial killers and rapists. The FBI agent worked to develop profiling techniques to help nab the killers, and the book focused on the behind-the-scenes details of how each case was cracked. Film and TV characters like Jack Crawford (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Will Graham (“Hannibal”) and Jason Gideon (“Criminal Minds”) have been inspired by Douglas’ depiction in the 1994 novel.
The new series has been in the works for some time. It began as an HBO project six years ago with Fincher and Charlize Theron — who owns the rights to the book — attached to executive produce. That fell apart — as did two other projects Fincher had set up with HBO since then, “Video Synchronicity” and “Utopia” — and now the Netflix original series will feature a new writer (Joe Penhall, who wrote scripts for “The Road” and “The Long Firm”) and likely put Fincher behind the camera.
Theron and Fincher are set to executive produce, with no word yet on whether or not the actress will appear in the series. Netflix has declined to comment, so no release date has been set.