Mindhunter returns to Netflix next month. The show is produced by Gone Girl and Social Network director David Fincher, and focuses on the birth of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the FBI during the 1970s.
Netflix confirmed that Mindhunter Season 2 will hit the service in its entirety on August 16. As is often the case with Netflix, the announcement is only a few weeks away from the the show being released, although we’ve known that Season 2 is on the way since shortly after Season 1 premiered in October 2017.
Mindhunter stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as special agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, while Anna Torv plays psychology professor Wendy Carr, who helps the FBI with its study of killers and psychopaths. Fincher will direct Season 2’s premiere and season finale, while Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik has helmed some of the other episodes.
In an interview on The Treatment podcast, Fincher revealed that the new season revolves around the real-life Atlanta Child Murders, which took place between 1979 and 1981. “You could probably do three seasons on the Atlanta Child Murders,” he said, via Indiewire. “It’s a huge and sweeping and tragic story. We couldn’t do it justice in the background of our nine hours.
“We had to choose to dramatize. [The FBI] are the last guys in, they’re trying to help out something that has its own momentum and politics. It’s a divided battlefield. They’re coming in to throw this federal umbrella over everything to make everyone feel OK about sharing information.”