MIND HUNTER

David Fincher re­turns to his favourite sub­ject: se­rial killers

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David Fincher, se­rial killer-ob­sessed di­rec­tor of Seven and Zo­diac, has a new project all about se­rial killers. We are SHOCKED.

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“IT’S NOT JUST a longer Zo­diac,” says David Fincher of MINDHUNTER, his new Net­flix se­ries about the birth of se­rial-killer pro­fil­ing. “I mean, the first sea­son’s prob­a­bly only an hour longer…” He’s jok­ing, or course, but there’s some­thing in it. He may have won a BAFTA for The So­cial Net­work and an Emmy for House Of Cards, but Fincher knows that

Zo­diac and Seven will for­ever link him with this blood-soaked sub­ject. He’s ex­plor­ing the dark side again in a ten-part run in­spired by the mem­oir of FBI vet­eran John Dou­glas.

Hamil­ton star Jonathan Groff plays an up­start agent based on Dou­glas, who be­lieves killers can be learned from; Holt Mc­callany is his care­worn part­ner. To­gether they in­ter­view in­car­cer­ated killers in or­der to catch oth­ers. “The most com­pre­hen­sive look at psy­cho­sex­ual sadism was done in the [FBI’S] base­ment,” says Fincher. “There’s def­i­nitely a part of me that says, ‘Je­sus, why do you con­tinue to play into the ar­gu­ment that you have no imag­i­na­tion?’ But I’m not gonna apol­o­gise — this is the kind of stuff I find in­trigu­ing.”

That said, MINDHUNTER is about dis­cov­er­ing what makes mon­sters, rather than re­tread­ing stan­dard pro­ce­dural beats. “There are no car chases,” stresses Fincher. “It’s not about get­ting ahead of the train. It’s about un­der­stand­ing what put the train on the rails.” Ex­pect plenty of blood on the tracks.

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