David Fincher's Netflix series Mindhunter will focus on a serial case that rocked Atlanta during the late '70s to early '80s.
Along with the cases of Son of Sam and Charles Manson, Mindhunter's second season will focus on the Atlanta child murders. Fincher revealed the second season's focus during an interview on the KCRW podcast The Treatment hosted by Elvis Costello. The Atlanta child murders rocked Atlanta from 1979 to 1981 and left 28 Black people, including adults, teens and children, dead.
"You could probably do three seasons on the Atlanta child murders," he said, as reported by IndieWire. "It's a huge and sweeping and tragic story. We couldn't do it justice in the background of our nine hours. We had to choose to dramatize."
"...[The FBI] are the last guys in, they're trying to help out something that has its own momentum and politics," he continued. "It's a divided battlefield. They're coming in to throw this federal umbrella over everything to make everyone feel OK about sharing information."
The murders were a gruesome moment in the city’s history where 29 African-American children were kidnapped and murdered in a span of 23 months in the late 1970s. Forty years after the murders, the cases remained unsolved; no person has been tried, and the killer’s identity remains a mystery. The case was recently brought to the limelight due to the popularity of the Atlanta Monster podcast.
A Will Packer-produced docuseries on the murders aired on Investigation Discovery aired earlier this year.
Regina King was set to star in a series at FX on the murders from John Ridley, but it never made it to series.
Season 2 of Mindhunter will debut on Netflix August 16. No additional casting information is known at this time.
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