In less than three weeks, Netflix's critically-acclaimed Mindhunter is set to return to the streaming service with a second-season premiere on August 16. Now we're getting a brief teaser writer and executive producer David Fincher's series, which gives us a better sense of just how "Complicated" things are going to get for Jonathan Groff's F.B.I. Agent Holden Ford, Holt McCallany's Agent Bill Tench, and Anna Torv's Wendy Carr – including new cases and familiar faces – as the story of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit continues to unfold:
Mindhunter writer/EP David Fincher first revealed the date during a session of KCRW's podcast The Treatment before being confirmed by Netflix: The announcement confirms what executive producer Charlize Theron stated on The Howard Stern Show in May 2019 that the second season of the award-winning drama would debut late summer. Created by Joe Penhall, the series was originally renewed shortly after the series' 2017 debut.
Fincher was on record early 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 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.
In an interview with Vulture, Douglas confirmed the overall plans for the series as well as some of the familiar names expected to appear:
"At least five years is what they are planning. That's what David Fincher asked both the actors: 'Can you give me five years here?'…I know there are supposed to be eight episodes [in the second season]. I know the cases. They are going to have David Berkowitz, as well as Charles Manson. The Atlanta child killings in the early '80s, they're gonna be covering that."
● Fincher will direct the premiere and finale episodes of Mindhunter, while Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James, Killing Me Softly) will helm two episodes, and filmmaker Carl Franklin (House Of Cards, 13 Reasons Why) will direct the remaining episodes – for an expected 8-episode second season (according to The Playlist).
Fincher directed four episodes and executive produced the first season, 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?
Hannah Gross (Unless) also stars, with Joe Tuttle, Albert Jones, Stacey Roca, Michael Cerveris, Lauren Glazier, and Sierra McClain also aboard – with Cameron Britton returning as serial killer Ed Kemper and Damon Herriman doing double-duty as Charles Manson (also playing Manson in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). Fincher, Theron, Penhall, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl), and Cean Chaffin (Fight Club) are serving as executive producers.