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Netflix's 'Mindhunter' Season 2 Will Focus on the Atlanta Child Murders

Netflix’s new hit TV series Mindhunter is one the most talked about shows this week.

If you haven’t watched it yet, you’ve no doubt heard the positive buzz surrounding the serial killer cop drama, which debuted on Netflix on Friday the 13th. The show is based on the early days of the FBI’s criminal profiling unit, with Jonathan Gruff and Holt McCallany playing a pair of FBI agents who are set out to interview imprisoned serial murderers to gain insight into the mind of a serial killer.

The series has already been renewed for a second season. We know almost nothing about the second season 2 Mindhunter at the moment, David Fincher did offer a clue in a recent interview with Billboard in which he and composer Jason Hill discussed the music on the show. That said, Fincher said that Season 2 of the show will be tackling at least one very famous case:

“Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”

Atlanta Child Murders

During the late 70’s and early 80’s, at least 28 African-American children, adolescents, and adults were killed in a variety of ways.The killer was later caught by FBI agent John E. Douglas, on which Jonathan Gross’s character Holden Ford is based in the show.  Wayne Williams, an Atlanta native who was 23 years old at the time of the last murder, was arrested for and convicted of two of the adult murders and sentenced to two consecutive life terms. Police subsequently have attributed a number of the child murders to Williams and closed the cases, although he has not been tried or convicted in any of those cases.

When will filming take place?

That said, it is unclear when we might expect Mindhunter Season 2 and if Fincher will be as involved in the next chapter of the show as he was in the first, although he does say “next year” it is possible pre-production of the show is currently on the way.

According to Collider, Fincher directed nearly half the episodes of Season 1 and ran the writers’ room, but he’s set to helm World War Z 2, which is expected to begin production next year. That’s also when Mindhunter Season 2 would likely start filming, so it may be that Fincher takes a step back in the second season.

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