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Trailer for thriller series The Alienist starring Dakota Fanning unleashed

05.17.2017
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THE ALIENIST is a period-piece/psychological thriller series premiering on TNT, set to be directed by TRUE DETECTIVE's Cary Fukunaga, who was subsequently replaced by Jakob Verbruggen (BLACK MIRROR, HOUSE OF CARDS). It is based on the 1994 novel of the same name by author Caleb Carr, who has been trying to get this project off the ground for awhile now. Here's the official synopsis:

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 (Sean Astin) calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a criminal psychologist -- aka alienist -- and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. Joining them in the probe is Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters.

And here's the new trailer:

I like what I've seen so far. It's definitely stylish, and the acting seems solid. My only issue is, does it offer anything to the overstuffed serial killer genre besides a period setting and the interesting gender-politics aspect? Because both of those are pretty well-worn as it is as well. However, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt is at least worthy of an episode or two.

Meanwhile, THE ALIENST will premiere on TNT later this year.

Extra Tidbit: Not going to lie, when I saw the title for THE ALIENIST the first thing I thought of was, you know, aliens, not "guy who mutilates little boys".
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2:36PM on 05/18/2017

I like it

Having read the books, I'm glad to see this series finally coming to the screen. I was surprised they didn't show Stevepipe and Montrose in the trailer; they're essential to the story.

I also noticed they're ramping up the sexual tension between Kreizler and Mary Palmer, also between Sara Howard and John Moore (which wasn't in the book). Otherwise, looks good.
Having read the books, I'm glad to see this series finally coming to the screen. I was surprised they didn't show Stevepipe and Montrose in the trailer; they're essential to the story.

I also noticed they're ramping up the sexual tension between Kreizler and Mary Palmer, also between Sara Howard and John Moore (which wasn't in the book). Otherwise, looks good.
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2:37PM on 05/18/2017
It's also nice not seeing Daniel Bruhl playing a Nazi. ;)
It's also nice not seeing Daniel Bruhl playing a Nazi. ;)
11:20PM on 05/17/2017

Not the same old same old.

These books were definitely NOT the same old "serial killer" formula. The crux of both books are that the science of psychological profiling, as well as police forensics, were in their infancy and generally not accepted by law enforcement and society in general. Kriezler's work (as well as the work of his two hired police detectives) is looked upon as foolish and counter-productive, where as now we accept all of these practices as solid and indispensable. Only Roosevelt sees the need for them,
These books were definitely NOT the same old "serial killer" formula. The crux of both books are that the science of psychological profiling, as well as police forensics, were in their infancy and generally not accepted by law enforcement and society in general. Kriezler's work (as well as the work of his two hired police detectives) is looked upon as foolish and counter-productive, where as now we accept all of these practices as solid and indispensable. Only Roosevelt sees the need for them, and actually battles the mayor and the powers-that-be in order for Kriezler's team to continue their investigations. Both books are quite fascinating, heart-breaking, and surprising at every turn.
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5:54AM on 05/18/2017
You sold me! I'll definitely give this a look. I was just going off the trailer itself.
You sold me! I'll definitely give this a look. I was just going off the trailer itself.
9:58PM on 05/17/2017

Waiting a while for this to be adapted....

When it was first announced in the 90s, Martin Scorsese was attached to the project, but obviously nothing came of that. The Series format is the better way to go, actually; can do a proper adaptation of the book. Read both that one and The Angel Of Darkness, the sequel. Both books take an interesting tack in that the story is told POV of one of the characters in the story itself; so, everything you read about each character in one book is upended by the second , as you are hearing what a
When it was first announced in the 90s, Martin Scorsese was attached to the project, but obviously nothing came of that. The Series format is the better way to go, actually; can do a proper adaptation of the book. Read both that one and The Angel Of Darkness, the sequel. Both books take an interesting tack in that the story is told POV of one of the characters in the story itself; so, everything you read about each character in one book is upended by the second , as you are hearing what a different character thinks and feels about their associates. Been waiting for a third one from Mr. Carr, but nothing yet. Will watch this, with interest.
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