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Eat Your Heart Out, HBO: David Fincher Is Making A Crime Series With Charlize Theron And Netflix

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Maybe the folks at Netflix will actually let him make a TV series.

David Fincher is one of the most accomplished filmmakers around in the movie world, with almost all of his films garnering extreme acclaim and high box office returns. But to say that Fincher has been unable to find the same amount of success on the small screen is an understatement: though he did a great job kicking off the ship that was House of Cards (his visual style in the pilot became the norm for the series overall), the series that he himself put a lot of work in developing both died a pretty sad death last year. Yes, HBO canceled production on his personal project Video Synchronicity AND his American remake of British show Utopia, pretty much kicking him to the curb all in one move. But now Fincher is making his TV resurgence with the outlet he first got his start with: Netflix.

According to Deadline, David Fincher and Charlize Theron are teaming up to executive produce a new Netflix series entitled Mindhunter, based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, written by former FBI agents John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. Take a wild guess what it could be about.

Since I can clearly see you are stumped, here’s the basis of the book as outlined by Deadline:

For years, Douglas pursued some of the most notorious serial killers and rapists, developing profiling techniques to catch them. The book goes behind the scenes of some of his highest-profile cases, including the man who hunted prostitutes in Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle’s Green River killer. To hone in his profiling methods Douglas interviewed and studied a skew of serial killers. Several book and TV characters have been based in part on him, including Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs, Will Graham on Hannibal and Jason Gideon on Criminal Minds.

So yeah, David Fincher is developing a serial killer procedural on Netflix. Yeah, I could get into that. The site even says that Fincher is eyeing a directorial role on the show, although its unclear if hell just handle the pilot or direct the entire thing. Personally Im hoping for the latter, but well see in time. In any case, Im going to keep a close eye on this show.

-Matthew