You know what’s refreshing about David Fincher right now? That he’s a middle-aged white guy with tremendous power in the industry who — as far as we know — has never sexually harassed or assaulted anyone! There are no rumors about him being an abusive asshole on the set. The worst thing anyone ever says about Fincher is that he’s a hard-ass perfectionist who sometimes does 50 or 100 takes, which I suspect can be emotionally draining for the actors.
It seems unlikely that he managed 50 or 100 takes of every scene in Netflix’s Mindhunters because it is 10 hours long, and that would have meant months and months of production (plus, Fincher is only a producer here, who also directed 4 episodes. Joe Penhall created and runs the show).
It is odd that so little marketing and promotion has been done for the series, which debuts on Friday. Then again, Netflix often does best when a show comes out of nowhere and surprises people: See G.L.O.W., the first season of Orange is the New Black, Making a Murderer or that American Vandal show (I’m working my way through it! But it’s premiere season! It’s taking me a bit!)
Anyway, Fincher knows his way around serial killer dramas (see Zodiac). Mindhunter is based on Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, the latter author of whom is the basis for Jack Crawford in the Hannibal series of books and movies (he’s the guy played by Laurence Fishburne in the NBC show).
The show stars Jonathan Groff, Anna Torv, and Holt McCallany. The trailer looks great.