With a first season that's still currently streaming and riding a wave of both viewer and critical acclaim, Netflix officially announced on Thursday that crime drama series Mindhunter has been renewed for a second season.
Though the streaming service made the renewal official this week, the news comes as no surprise to both fans and those involved directly with the David Fincher series. Holt McCallany (FBI Agent Bill Tench) recently spoke with Collider and stated that prep and pre-production had already begun on the sophomore season:
"Right now I'm prepping for Mindhunter Season 2, reading, doing lots of research. The scripts are great and I think fans will be happy with how it's developing. To potentially work with someone like David [Fincher] over the course of multiple seasons is an honor, and I'm excited to do more with the character of Bill Tench. I can take my time, and I can really explore this guy over a long period of time. I think it's gonna be just an amazing adventure."
For his part, Fincher is already on record as saying that the next season would focus on The Atlanta Child Murders, which resulted in the deaths of at least 28 African-American children, adolescents, and adults between 1979-1981 and kept the country in a grip of fear for two years. FBI agent John E. Douglas (on which Jonathan Groff's Holden Ford is based) would eventually catch the killer; and interestingly enough, also earn him an official reprimand over the manner in which the case was handled.
Fincher directed four episodes and executive produces Mindhunter, which takes place in 1979 and focuses on FBI Special Agents Holden Ford (Groff) and Bill Tench (McCallany) during the early days of the FBI's serial killer profiling unit. The partners interview imprisoned serial killers in order to better understand how they think and operate, which they then apply to solving open cases. But as the agents delve deeper into the minds of the most criminally insane, those around them worry if they can find their way back. And even if they do… can they ever be the same again?
Mindhunter also stars Anna Torv (Fringe) and Hannah Gross (Unless), with Fincher sharing the directing chair with Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror). Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl), Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Fight Club) are serving as executive producers.