Manhunt: Unabomber is an American drama miniseries created by Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, and Tony Gittelson, starring Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany. It depicts a fictionalized account of the FBI's hunt for the Unabomber and premiered on Discovery Channel on August 1, 2017. On July 17, 2018, it was reported that Charter Communications was in advanced negotiations with the series' producers to pick up the series, now considered an anthology series, for two seasons to be aired on their Spectrum cable service. The first of these potential seasons reportedly would follow Eric Rudolph, known as the Olympic Park Bomber.
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|Created by||Andrew Sodroski|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Executive producer(s)||Dana Brunetti|
|Producer(s)||David A. Rosemont|
|Production company(s)||Discovery Communications|
Trigger Street Productions
|Original network||Discovery Channel|
|Original release||August 1 –|
September 12, 2017
- Sam Worthington as Jim Fitzgerald
- Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski
- Jeremy Bobb as Stan Cole
- Keisha Castle-Hughes as Tabby Milgrim
- Lynn Collins as Natalie Rogers
- Brían F. O'Byrne as Frank McAlpine
- Elizabeth Reaser as Ellie Fitzgerald
- Ben Weber as Andy Genelli
- Chris Noth as Don Ackerman
- Jane Lynch as Janet Reno
- Katja Herbers as Linda Kaczynski
- Michael Nouri as Bob Guccione
- Jill Remez as Susan Mosse
- Wallace Langham as Louis Freeh
- Brian d'Arcy James as Henry Murray
- Mark Duplass as David Kaczynski
- Diesel Madkins as Ernie Esposito
- Will Murden as Sean Fitzgerald
- Carter and Colby Zier as Ryan Fitzgerald
- Jana Allen as Heidi Shumway
- Trieste Kelly Dunn as Theresa Oakes
- Griff Furst as Burkhardt
- Rebecca Henderson as Judy Clarke
- Bonnie Johnson as Wanda Kaczynski
- Steve Coulter as Anthony Bisceglie
- Mary Rachel Dudley as Lois Epstein
- Tyler Huth as Timmy Oakes
- Doug Kruse as David Gelernter
- Mike Pniewski as Charles Epstein
- Gregory Alan Williams as Garland Burrell
- McKenna Grace Martin as Joanna Epstein
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||US viewers|
|1||"UNABOM"||Greg Yaitanes||Andrew Sodroski||August 1, 2017||1.250|
|2||"Pure Wudder"||Greg Yaitanes||Story by : Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson |
Teleplay by : Andrew Sodroski
|August 1, 2017||1.250|
|3||"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"||Greg Yaitanes||Max Hurwitz||August 8, 2017||0.904|
|4||"Publish or Perish"||Greg Yaitanes||Nick Towne||August 15, 2017||0.940|
|5||"Abri"||Greg Yaitanes||Story by : Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson |
Teleplay by : Steven Katz
|August 22, 2017||0.928|
|6||"Ted"||Greg Yaitanes||Andrew Sodroski||August 29, 2017||1.114|
|7||"Lincoln"||Greg Yaitanes||Story by : Nick Schenk, Jim Clemente & Tony Gittelson |
Teleplay by : Nick Schenk
|September 5, 2017||1.022|
|8||"USA vs. Theodore J. Kaczynski"||Greg Yaitanes||Andrew Sodroski||September 12, 2017||0.930|
The working title for the series was Manifesto, and the series order was announced in March 2016 at a presentation by Discovery Communications president Rich Ross. On May 15, 2016, Entertainment Weekly released several promotional photos, showing a first look at Paul Bettany's portrayal of Ted Kaczynski.
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Greg Stejskal, a former FBI agent who was involved in the UNABOM investigation, criticized the writers of the show in TheWrap. He accused them of making "a minor member" of the FBI investigative team "into the star player who won the game", referring to the show's portrayal of Jim Fitzgerald. He said that Fitzgerald never met Kaczynski, was not in Lincoln, Montana, during the time of Kaczynski's arrest, had no part in the search of Kaczynski's cabin, and never interviewed him.
Fitzgerald told Bustle in August 2017 that the show is in the "high 80 percentile" of accuracy, though "the Fitz character is a composite". He also stated that he had not interviewed Kaczynski, although he said he was on his way to do so in 2007 when Kaczynski changed his mind.
The trial took place in Billings Montana, not in California as depicted in the show.
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