Netflix announced today via Instagram that the critically-acclaimed, crime drama series Mindhunter will return for a second season. The show features Jonathan Groff (Looking), Holt McCallany (Sully), Anna Torv (Fringe), Hannah Gross (Unless) and newcomer Cameron Britton, who portrays serial killer Ed Kemper on the series, and has drawn raves for his performance. The well reviewed series is Certified Fresh with a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, and was lauded by critics for its reinvention of the crime procedural, when it premiered in October, and now this Netflix renewal confirms a new season will officially happen.
How do we get ahead of crazy if we don't know how crazy thinks? Two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff & Holt McCallany) set out on a sinister investigative odyssey to discover the brutal answers. Joe 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. The first season was directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, Zodiac), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?).
This series had quite a long and interesting road to the small screen before becoming a Netflix original series. Way back in 2010, director David Fincher had teamed up with actress/producer Charlize Theron to executive produce this series for HBO and Fox 21. The duo had enlisted Scott Buck (Iron Fist) to write the script, but the project languished in development for more than five years, before it ultimately emerged on Netflix. Joe Penhall wrote the new pilot script, based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. While it certainly took some time to make it to the small screen, it seems that wait has paid off for the fans and creators alike.
The series features a supporting cast that includes Cotter Smith, Tyler James Larkin and Alex Morf. While the Netflix streaming service didn't announce any specifics about the new season, such as when it may debut, or how many episodes it will span, it also isn't clear yet who will step behind the camera this season. Director David Fincher took the helm on four of the 10 episodes in the first season, with Asif Kapadia, Tobias Lindholm and Andrew Douglas directing two apiece. It wouldn't be surprising if David Fincher's workload lessens a bit in the second season, since he is attached to direct the big-screen sequel World War Z 2, although it hasn't been confirmed when that will start filming.
As for any story details for Mindhunter Season 2, those are certainly being kept under wraps for now, as is the premiere date. Though the emergence of the BTK killer was strongly hinted at in the first season. If it does return next year, it joins several of the streaming service's breakout hits from this year that have already been renewed, such as Netflix's GLOW, Ozark, Dear White People, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The OA, Iron Fist and more, which are all slated to return in 2018. While we wait for more details, take a look at the brief video announcing the Mindhunter renewal, courtesy of Netflix.