Mindhunter season two directors Andrew Dominik and Carl Franklin


David Fincher’s Mindhunter adds Andrew Dominik and Carl Franklin as directors for season two.

As Mindhunter gears up for production on season two, Screenrant reports that Fincher prepares to share directing duties with Andrew Dominik and Carl Franklin.

Initial reports indicate that the second season has been reduced to eight episodes from the first season’s ten-episode run, which also featured three other directors in addition to Fincher. A shorter season and fewer directors should more reliably guarantee the coherency and quality seen in season one.

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Mindhunter is about the birth of the FBI’s behavioral crime unit and the effort to create new, more reliable ways to prevent violent crime and to detect and catch killers.

The series follows FBI profilers Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), and Dr. Wendy Carr (the always amazing Anna Torv).

Season two will reportedly take place in Georgia and focuses on the Atlanta child murders that plagued the city between 1979-1981 (and if you want to get deep into this case before the season premiere, I highly recommend the podcast Atlanta Monster).

Last season saw the FBI interact with serial killer Ed Kemper (played with frightening accuracy by Cameron Britton) while Dennis Rader aka BTK (Sonny Valicenti) committed the first in his series of murders.

Dominik and Franklin are perfect choices for the series, both because of their connection to Fincher and because of the dark and violent tone of their work. Carl Franklin has directed for both film and television, working with Fincher on House of Cards and helming episodes of The Leftovers and Homeland as well as the film High Crimes.

Andrew Dominik was able to deliver one of the few great modern westerns The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and has experience directing crime thrillers like Killing Them Softly.

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Tellingly, Dominik seems to choose his projects carefully as he has only four titles attributed to his name since 2000, plus an upcoming project for Netflix called War Party starring Tom Hardy.

While no release date has yet been given, season two of Mindhunter is slated to premiere on Netflix sometime next year.