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David Fincher said to return to Netflix with new crime drama “Mindhunter”

by Jacob Kleinman | December 22, 2015December 22, 2015 4:00 pm PST

Kevin Spacey - House of Cards

David Fincher gave Netflix its first big hit with House of Cards. Now the acclaimed director is reportedly returning to the streaming giant with Mindhunter, a new crime-focused series co-produced by Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron.

According to Deadline, the new show has been in development for at least six years. Fincher and Theron originally planned to bring the series to HBO. At the time, Dexter showrunner Scott Buck was attached as a screenwriter, though that’s no longer the case. Instead, Buck is currently working on Marvel’s Iron Fist for Netflix.

Mindhunter is based on the memoirs of former FBI special agents John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The book, which was published in 1995, focuses on some of the most dangerous criminals and killers in recent history, including Ted Bundy and Charles Manson. It also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the different techniques used to catch them.

With Fincher attached, we already have high hopes for the new series. It’s unclear if Theron will play a role in the series like Kevin Spacey did in House of Cards, though we hope she does. Netflix hasn’t officially confirmed the news, but hopefully we’ll learn more soon.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...