Netflix is intent on keeping Aussies in a bingewatching cycle throughout October.
As well Stranger Things returning, we will also be treated to Mindhunter, a new series produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron which explores the minds of American serial killers.
The show is based on the nonfiction book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, and is set in 1979.
The story follows FBI agents played by Jonathan Groff (Hamilton), Anna Torv (Fringe) and Holt McCallany (Fight Club) who have the unenviable task of understanding serial killers.
It looks like the show will be riffing on the old Nietzche quote: “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you”.
In other words, it’s pretty likely that these “Mindhunters” are gonna end up pretty messed up, and probably learn something about themselves along the way.
Fincher is no stranger to real-life serial killers or Netflix, so he should be quite comfortable at the helm.
He directed the first two episodes of Netflix’s House of Cards (back when it was good) and was behind 2007’s Zodiac, a film about the Zodiac Killer who terrorised northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His first film, Se7en (1995), was also about a deranged serial killer.
Fincher is a master of gloomy tones and a palette that is simultaneously dreary and visually interesting. It’s really perfect for this kind of thing.
He will direct three episodes of Mindhunter and act as executive producer for the series. Theron – who has some experience playing a serial killer – is also an executive producer for the film. At this point, it is unclear whether she will appear in the series as an actor.
The book on which Mindhunter is based was written by former FBI agent John Douglas and author Mark Olshaker.
Douglas was apparently an inspiration for Jack Crawford, a major character in what has become the gold standard for serial killer movies, The Silence of the Lambs.
That film is the best example of the serial-killer-hunt-as-journey-of-self-discovery we have seen so far. Let’s hope that Mindhunter can reach those creepy heights.
Mindhunter premieres on Netflix on October 13th.
Stranger Things returns to Netflix on October 27th.