David Fincher finally returns to the serial killer genre
Back in 2015, David Fincher announced that he would be producing another series for Netflix. After much anticipation, the result is a series called Mindhunter, and it looks gritty and dark. Fincher teamed up with Charlize Theron as executive producers for the show.
It seems like Fincher is returning to his roots in the serial killer genre. Mindhunter is set in the late 1970’s and centers on two FBI agents (played by Holt McCallany and Jonathan Groff) who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to get into their mindset, helping them to solve serial murder and rape cases.
The trailer shows off a creepy vibe that reminds me of Fincher’s work in Se7en and Zodiac. Check it out:
The series is based upon a startling criminology memoir
John Douglas, known as “The Mindhunter,” is a retired FBI agent famous for his work in serial criminology. He is famous for his work in solving high-profile cases. Fincher’s series will not be the first time fiction has borrowed from Mr. Douglas’ life, as he is the basis for Jack Crawford in Silence of the Lambs.
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, which intrepid readers can buy here, is a book written by John Douglas with Mark Olshaker. It is an account of Mr. Douglas’ time in the FBI and takes the reader behind the scenes of some of the most notorious murder cases in American history.
The series takes directly from this book in both title and approach to the material. As a result, Mindhunter will have an underlying element of stark, gruesome reality.
Because of the book and the producers involved, and now the creepy trailer, Mindhunter is a series I am looking forward to.
It finally arrives to Netflix this October.