Netflix Doubles Down on True Crime With Charlize Theron and David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’
Netflix’s Making a Murderer is well on its way to some hearty true crime buzz to rival The Jinx and Serial, so why not its own True Detective as well? The streaming service has picked up a new Mindhunter series from the likes of Charlize Theron and David Fincher, going inside the FBI’s serial crime unit.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix managed to snake from HBO the series adapted from John Douglas and Mark Olshanker’s 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. Theron herself held the rights to the book, developing an adaptation over the last four years, with Fincher now set to direct.
The Road scribe Joe Penhall will write the script, with Fincher and Theron on board to executive produce. The book itself follows Douglas’ decades developing criminal profiling techniques and tracking down serial killers for the FBI. No word yet on who might star, if not Theron herself.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise, given the popularity of crime serials, and Netflix’s pledge to double their original offerings by next year, but how should Fincher and Theron proceed with the (terribly-named) Mindhunter?