With film tax credits restored, city lands new drama from Netflix
February 3, 2016 11:22 PM
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Actress Charlize Theron is a producer of the new Netflix drama “Mindhunter,” set to film in Pittsburgh.
By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Pittsburgh may have lost the upcoming Starz drama “American Gods” in November because of the state budget impasse that temporarily froze the film tax credit program, but that series has been replaced by the new Netflix drama “Mindhunter” from director David Fincher (“House of Cards”) and actress/producer Charlize Theron.
“Mindhunter” is based on the 1996 book “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. Mr. Douglas was a consultant on the filmed-in-Pittsburgh movie “The Silence of the Lambs” and the series will follow a Douglas-inspired character, a top FBI investigator of serial killers.
In January at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos acknowledged “Mindhunter” but didn’t say much about it.
“We are a little ways from being able to give you some details on ‘Mindhunter,’ but [it’s] upcoming,” he said. It’s not known whether Ms. Theron also will star in the series, but Mr. Fincher is expected to direct some episodes.
The project’s application for the state’s film tax credit though the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development Investment Tracker shows “Mindhunter” will receive $18.7 million in film tax credits.
The film tax credit program was frozen last year because of the state budget impasse, but restrictions on committing to future projects were lifted in January when Gov. Tom Wolf signed off on funding for school districts, social service providers and county governments, which also cleared the way for approval of projects supported by film tax credits.
“Mindhunter” follows news that the big-screen adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences” will film in Pittsburgh and two more TV projects wait in the wings.
ABC likely will decide in May whether it will order the comedy “Downward Dog,” which shot its pilot in Pittsburgh in December, to series for the 2016-17 TV season. WGN America has not yet announced whether it will renew the locally filmed drama “Outsiders” for a second season, but that show seems to have a good chance to return after its premiere drew 3.9 million viewers nationally via live TV, DVR and on demand viewing in its first three days — the most viewers ever for an original scripted hour on the network.
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