‘Manhunt’ is an American drama miniseries that airs on the Discovery Channel. The series first premiered on August 1, 2017. The show has been created by Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, and Tony Gittelson. Discovery Communications and Trigger Street Productions are the companies backing the project, while David A. Rosemont acts as the producers. Dana Brunetti, John Goldwyn, Troy Searer, Andrew Sodroski, Kevin Spacey, and Greg Yaitanes are on board as the executive producers of the show.
However, once it came out, it took a whole new direction and evolved into an anthology series that will air on the Spectrum cable service. The initial show is centered around the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber, one of the most infamous cases of domestic terrorism in the history of the USA. Needless to say, the series drew the attention of fans, who are always eager to know what went on in the minds of people who committed atrocious deeds. Critics too viewed the series favorably, overall, although there were some criticisms from the FBI regarding the authenticity of what had been portrayed. Nonetheless, considering the fact that Netflix picked up the show in November 2017, and decided to air in the following month itself, is testament enough that the show had a large fanbase to get the streamers interested.
Manhunt Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Manhunt’ is a star-studded affair and includes big names like Sam Worthington, known for his role as Jake Sully in ‘Avatar‘. He also has famous films like ‘Terminator: Salvation’, ‘Clash of the Titans’, and ‘Wrath of the Titans’ to his name. He plays the role of FBI agent Jim Fitzgerald, who the show portrays as being instrumental to bringing the Unabomber to justice. Paul Bettany who has lent his voice as J.A.R.V.I.S. and later played the role of Vision in the MCU movies plays the role of Ted Kaczynski or the Unabomber. Jeremy Bobb of ‘Hostages’ fame plays the role of Stan Cole.
Keisha Castle-Hughes appears as Tabby Milgrim, Lynn Collins, known for her roles in ‘True Blood‘, and ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘ plays the role of Natalie Rogers. There are several other supporting characters who help portray the events that transpired on the show, and some of them are pretty significant like Mark Duplass in the role of David Kaczynski, the brother to the Unabomber, who tipped the FBI as to who the perpetrator might be.
In the upcoming season, the cast of the show is going to be different since the story will focus on another manhunt, and this time it will not be about the Unabomber anymore. As far as we know until now, Cameron Britton and Jack Huston are going to be playing the leads in this season. The former is known for his chilling performance as Ed Kemper in ‘Mindhunter‘, while the latter is best known for his role in ‘Boardwalk Empire‘. While Huston plays the role of the Atlanta Olympics Bomber, Eric Rudolph, Britton steps into the role of Richard Jewell, the security guard who was wrongly accused of the crime.
Manhunt Plot: What is it about?
The main plot of ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ has been centered around Ted Kaczynski, or the Unabomber. He was called so, because of an acronym given to him by law enforcement agencies, based on the fact that he sent bombs to universities and airline companies. He also led the FBI on one of their most extensive and expensive manhunts while he operated between 1978 and 1995, killing three people and injuring 23, in hopes of starting a revolution that would eschew modern technology and usher in nature-centric anarchism.
The show, however, does not make is as much of a cat and mouse chase, as we see it become a study of how forensic linguistics helped track down the criminal. We are given flashbacks of Fitz’s life as we understand how he veered away from the conventional methods to steer towards linguistics, ultimately finding his break when the Unabomber released his manifesto titled ‘Industrial Society and its Future’, where he argued why his bombings were necessary.
The series is compelling, and the aesthetics of the 90s that are evident throughout is only bettered by the strong performances by the cast members who are involved in the show. Notably, there have been some complaints from a former FBI agent Greg Stejskal, who was actually involved in the investigation. He said that Fitz did not have as major a part as the writers made it out to be, but I guess, that is creative freedom, and the show has never portrayed itself as a factual documentary. Notably, Fitzgerald, for his part said that the show had almost 80 percent accuracy.
In the upcoming season, the story will shift focus to one of the largest manhunts that took place in the history of the US, following the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombings. It will also focus on the media outrage that consumed the life of Jewell, the guard who acted as a hero but ended up being wrongly accused of the crime. Around this time, cameras were allowed inside the courtroom, and although the guard was released a few days later, and the real perpetrator, Eric Rudolph, was captured, Jewell’s life was never the same. We will see Jewell take on the FBI and the media, trying to clear his name. Rudolph, for his part, escaped to the wilderness after setting off the bomb. He tried to avoid capture, leading law enforcement on their manhunt, while Jewell had to sit and face the rap. The future of the series seems interesting from where we are. Film buffs will also be interested to know that a film about the Atlanta Olympic bombings is also in the works and might have Clint Eastwood as the director. It is titled ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell ‘.
Manhunt Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Manhunt’ Season 1, which is titled ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’, premiered on August 1, 2017, and ran till September 12, 2017. On July 17, 2018, Charter Communications entered into advanced negotiations, and they decided to go ahead with the series and make it an anthology. It has already been picked up for two seasons, and while there is no official release date for the next season yet, our best guess is that ‘Manhunt’ Season 2 will release sometime in 2020. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
While we wait for an update on season 2, check out the season 1 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the previous season.
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