David Fincher isn’t a director know for his speed, so it’s perhaps inevitable that details on the return of his Netflix series Mindhunter should take their sweet time in dropping. Now, though, we’ve got our first big news about the crime drama’s second season – and, fittingly for a show so defined by its director, the news comes from the helm.
Exec producer Fincher will be joined by Andrew Dominik and Carl Franklin in directing the second season, according to The Playlist. Fincher, who directed two episodes in the first run, will reportedly be back again to shoot the opening episode and finale. Dominic will reportedly shoot two episodes, with Franklin on board to film the remaining instalments.
The news will be catnip for cinephiles, with Dominik directing Killing Them Softly (connecting him with Fincher regular Brad Pitt) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Franklin is a veteran of such shows as The Leftovers and Fincher’s own House of Cards.
Season 2 is expected to have a shorter run of eight episodes, down from Season 1’s 10, with production set to kick off by May. Even with the looming start date and a shorter run, though, don’t expect the series to come around any quicker: Fincher helmed all the reshoots for Season 1 and plans to do the same for Season 2, with time already being allowed for those to happen. You can expect it to air on Netflix, then, in early 2019.
What else do we know about Season 2? According to The Billboard’s interview with Fincher last year, it will look at the Atlanta Murders of the late 1970s, a string of killings where the victims were predominantly children and adolescents.
“Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice,” Fincher said. “The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”