It is being reported by Variety that David Fincher and Charlize Theron are collaborating for the first time to create a new serial killer investigation series called Mind Hunter for HBO and Fox 21.
Fox 21 has optioned the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Killer Unit written by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The book is based on Douglas' own experiences as a top FBI investigator of serial killers and rapists. Who better to take on such material - even if it's just in a producing capacity - than Fincher (with him having directed two serial killer movies)?
Fincher will exec producer the project along with Theron, who will also produce through her banner, Denver and Delilah, which she runs with both Beth Kono and J.J. Harris. The book was brought to the attention of Theron (who delivered a staggering, Oscar-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster) by producer Jennifer Orme Erwin (who will also produce), and Theron quickly set the project up at Fox 21. This marks the first collaboration between Fox 21 and HBO.
One of the many links between Mind Hunter and past serial killer properties (aside from Fincher) is that Scott Buck, a writer and exec producer on Showtime's amazing Dexter, has been tapped to write the script for the Mind Hunter pilot. There's no word on whether or not Theron will take a role in the show (I wouldn't be surprised if she ended up being the lead investigator) or if Fincher himself will take on directing duties for any of the episodes. I'd personally like to see Fincher try his hand at subject matter he's explored extensively in Se7en and Zodiac (two of my favorite movies, FYI) only this time on TV.
If we're going to see Mind Hunter on the small screen anytime soon, both Fincher and Theron will need to find time in between shooting The Social Network (Fincher's latest directed film) and Fury Road (the fourth Mad Max movie that Theron's is starring in). I only wonder what's going to be different about Mind Hunter that we haven't seen in a million-and-one other similarly-themed TV shows. Although, with Fincher involved, Buck writing the pilot (Dexter puts a fresh spin on the genre) and the project being at HBO (the network rarely falters in my eyes) I imagine we'll ultimately get something we haven't quite seen before.
Are you interested in Fincher and Theron's new serial killer TV series? What do you think the show can do to differentiate itself?