If there’s one take away from the new teaser clip that Netflix released for David Fincher‘s (Seven) new series Mindhunter, it’s that you can have a show based around FBI agents and serial killers that can still maintain a sense of humor. A righteously dark sense of humor, but a sense of humor nonetheless.
“An agent in the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.”
Fincher directed the first two episodes and executive produces Mindhunter, which takes place in 1979 and focuses on FBI Special Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) during the early days of the FBI’s serial killer profiling unit. The partners interview imprisoned serial killers in order to better understand how they think and operate, which they then apply to solving open cases. But as the agents delve deeper into the minds of the most criminally insane, those around them worry if they can find their way back. And even if they do…can they ever be the same?
Mindhunter also stars Anna Torv (Fringe) and Hannah Gross (Unless), with Fincher sharing the directing chair with Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?). Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead), Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are executive producers.
Mindhunter is based on Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit from John Douglas with Mark Olshaker, which chronicles Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.
This is Fincher’s first directorial effort since Gone Girl (2014); and spent the past year developing and spearheading the series, his second for Netflix after House of Cards. Fincher is currently beginning preliminary work of World War Z, the sequel to director Marc Forter‘s 2013 film adaptation of Max Brooks‘ 2006 novel.