While we’ll always wonder what Cary Fukunaga would’ve done with Caleb Carr‘s excellent source material, we’re glad the director is still on board “The Alienist,” even if it’s just in a producer role. The author’s best-selling page-turner is now arriving as a limited series on TNT, and any concerns I might’ve had about the show shying away from the story’s more lurid elements have been abated.
Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, and Brian Geraghty star in the 1890s-set drama that centers on the brilliant Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who works with the mentally ill, and is summoned to help police capture a serial killer of young male prostitutes. The crimes are gruesome, and Kreizler assembles a team who will use the latest in psychology and forensic science to capture the killer. Here’s the official synopsis:
The Alienist is an upcoming American drama television series based on the novel of same name by Caleb Carr. The psychological thriller drama is set in 1896, when a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has gripped the city. Newly appointed top cop Teddy Roosevelt calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a criminal psychologist — aka alienist — and newspaper illustrator John Moore to conduct the investigation in secret. Joining them in the probe is Sara Howard, a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters.
Jakob Verbruggen (“Black Mirror,” “House Of Cards“) helmed “The Alienist,” and the series is expected to arrive on TNT later this year.