David Fincher is set to return to Netflix following his work on House of Cards, teaming up with Charlize Theron for drama series Mindhunter.
According to Deadline, Fincher and Theron are to executive produce a series adaptation of Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, the 1996 book written by former special agent John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The book told of Douglas’ pursuit of notorious serial killers and rapists, and the various profiling methods he helped develop in order to catch them.
Thomas Harris’ Silence of the Lambs partly based the character of Jack Crawford on Douglas. Hannibal‘s Will Graham and Criminal Minds‘ Jason Gideon are also said to have been influenced in part by Douglas’ history.
Fincher is expected to direct the Netflix series, although there’s no official word as to how many episodes will see him at the helm. With films such as Se7en and Zodiac under his belt, it’s safe to say Fincher has experience depicting the hunt for serial killers.
As with House of Cards, which Fincher brought to life with playwright/screenwriter Beau Willimon, Mindhunter will be coming to fruition with playwright/screenwriter Joe Penhall on scripting duties.
HBO almost had this one. The cable network had taken on the project with Fincher and Theron around six years ago, teaming up with the studio that had optioned the book, Fox 21. Dexter showrunner and executive producer Scott Buck had been placed on board pen the script, but none of that came to fruition. Buck has now jumped on board upcoming Marvel-Netflix series Iron Fist.
We’ll keep you up to date on how Mindhunter proceeds.