10:10am PT by Lesley Goldberg
David Fincher, Charlize Theron Team for 'Mindhunter' Netflix Series
Netflix is looking for its version of The Jinx.
The streaming service has picked up Mindhunter, a second drama series from House of Cards creator David Fincher, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Originally developed at HBO via Fox 21, the project hails from Fincher and Charlize Theron's Denver and Delilah banner. Joe Penhall (The Road) will pen the script for Netflix, with Fincher and Theron on board to executive produce.
The drama is based on the 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshanker.
Sources tell THR that Theron had the rights to the book and WME, which reps the actress-producer, set her up with Fincher (Seven, Zodiac). The drama has been four years in the making. Fincher is set to direct.
Douglas spent decades developing criminal-profiling techniques for the FBI and teamed with writer Olshanker for the story of his 25-year career tracking down serial killers.
Netflix declined comment.
Mindhunter comes as the streaming service continues to be aggressive in pursuing original scripted programming toward its goal of launching a new series every week.
The project arrives as true-crime tales have become all the rage following the success of HBO's The Jinx.
Theron, Penhall and Fincher are repped by WME.