Mindhunter is based on the 1996 nonfiction book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, written by former Special Agent John Douglas, who spent 25 years investigating serial killers. Douglas — who studied and interviewed dozens of high-profile killers like Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson — was the inspiration for FBI agent Jack Crawford (played by Scott Glenn) in Silence of the Lambs.
Casting has not been announced, but we're presuming Theron, who portrayed a serial killer in Monster, will act as well as executive produce; it seems likely that she'll play a character based on Douglas. Fincher, who previously created the acclaimed House of Cards for Netflix, is set to direct.
The news comes less than a week after Netflix debuted its nonfiction true crime series Making a Murderer, which is the streaming service's answer to Serial and The Jinx. Looks like true crime is the new vampire romance — but way, way better.