TNT has officially given the go ahead for “The Alienist” sequel “The Angel of Darkness,” a new limited series adaptation of author Caleb Carr’s novel of the same name. The trio of leads Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning are all expected to return for the follow-up.
This year’s “The Alienist” limited series was the #1 new cable series in the 18-49 demographic, reaching more than 50 million people across multiple platforms. It also earned six Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series.
Set during New York’s ‘Gilded Age,’ the first season starred Bruhl as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler – a brilliant and obsessive ‘alienist’ in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies who is in relentless pursuit of a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. Fanning plays ambitious police secretary Sara Howard and Evans is newspaper illustrator John Moore who both agree to help Kreizler.
The 1997 follow-up novel sees Sara having become a private detective and seeks Kreizler help in locating Ana Linares, the kidnapped infant daughter of a visiting Spanish dignitary. The mystery is complicated by rising tensions between Spain and the United States, and an enigmatic woman with a murderous past under the protection of the infamous gang the Hudson Dusters.
Other side characters like forensic specialists Marcus and Lucius Isaacson, and Stevie and Cyrus also feature in the story. Paramount Television and Studio T will produce again with Eric Roth, Steve Golin, Rosalie Swedlin and Cary Joji Fukunaga serving as executive producers.