Netflix today confirmed that Mindhunter Season 2 will launch on the streaming service on August 16, 2019. Executive producer David Fincher talked about Mindhunter Season 2 on KCRW podcast The Treatment (via ComingSoon).
“You could probably do three seasons on The Atlanta Child Murders if you really wanted to turn over every rock. It’s a huge and sweeping and tragic story. We couldn’t do it justice in the background of our nine hours,” he said. “We had to choose to dramatize ‘These are the last guys in’ and here are the reasons for that, and here they are trying to help out something that has its own momentum and has its own politics and certain areas have become entrenched. It’s a divided battlefield, and they’re coming in to try and throw this federal umbrella under everything to make everybody feel okay about sharing information and it’s really, really tricky.”
Mindhunter follows ambitious FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) as he struggles to
comprehend incarcerated killers, so that he might use this knowledge to catch others. He’s teamed with experienced agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) in the Behavioral Science Unit
and will work with his sometimes reluctant partner to find new methods of investigation.
Together they will meet some of America’s gravest killers – and face the cynicism and scorn of the tradition-bound hierarchy of the 1970s’ Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ford will risk empathizing with ‘evil’ in order to save lives. But, as Tench says, when arguing the case for their work: “How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?”
The show also features Anna Torv (Fringe), Hannah Gross (Unless) and newcomer Cameron Britton, who portrays serial killer Ed Kemper on the series. Sierra McClain is joining the cast for the second season.
Written by Joe Penhall (The Road) and Jennifer Haley (Hemlock Grove), Mindhunter was inspired by the memoir of FBI veteran John R Douglas, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit (written with Mark Olshaker). Penhall (The Road) created the series. David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network, Zodiac), Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead), Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are executive producers.