Outside of his work on House of Cards, director/producer David Fincher hasn’t had the best of luck recently with television shows. He had two projects, Video Synchronicity and Utopia, picked up and subsequently dropped by HBO earlier this year. In a turn of fortune, a third series the network passed on six years ago, Mindhunter, has now been revived by — who else? — Netflix.
Deadline reports that Netflix has snapped up Mind Hunter, which Fincher has been working on for years with executive producer Charlize Theron. British playwright/screenwriter Joe Penhall has been hired to write the script based on John Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.
Douglas is an ex-special agent who spent years hunting serial killers by creating in-depth profiles, with the book recounting the real-life stories of how he helped track down a prostitute murderer in Alaska, a child murder in Atlanta, and Seattle’s infamous Green River killer. His work has been the basis for numerous fictional characters, including Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Will Graham on TV’s Hannibal, and Jason Gideon of Criminal Minds.
Fincher will direct the pilot, but it’s unknown if the show will follow House of Cards’ roadmap, which saw him passing off control of the series to other creatives. While underdevelopment at HBO, Mind Hunter was set to be written by Dexter showrunner Scott Buck, who is not connected to this latest incarnation. Buck will be sharing a network with the series, however, as he was recently tapped to be showrunner on Netflix’s Marvel’s Iron Fist.