Mindhunter, the first of any announced David Fincher TV project in a long while to make it through production towards an actual release date (Fincher had previously been developing two TV projects — Utopia and Video Synchronicity — which never saw the light of day), has its first trailer. Fincher fans will be delighted (and Fincher skeptics will have more fuel for skepticism) to see the director returning to one of his favorite subjects — murder— with this series, and also returning to a period in which he formerly, with stylistic aplomb, explored said subject: the 1970s. (Fincher’s Zodiac incidentally turns 10 today, and is, at the time of this writing, trending on Twitter.)
Mindhunter, based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, stars Looking‘s Jonathan Groff as a member of the FBI’s serial killer profiling squad in 1979, who “develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.” The teaser trailer actually shows glimpses at quite a few scenes in the series — but it’s easy to miss any one of them, as they appear with near-subliminal-messaging rapidness between shots of an animate Rorschach test rendered in blood.
Apart from Fincher, Asif Kapadia, who directed the acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, is also among the directors of the series’ 10 episode first season, due for release on Netflix sometime in October. Fincher, who’s producing alongside Charlize Theron (!), is directing three of those 10 episodes.
[Via The Verge]