Ted Kaczynski, also known as the "Unabomber," terrified the nation over the span of twenty years from the 1980s through the early 1990s. This series tells the story of how the FBI brought down one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world from the point of view of an FBI profiler. The series will trace how FBI Agent Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald challenged the "old school" ways with his radical new approach to intelligence gathering. Prior to Fitzgerald's involvement, the profile of the perpetrator took a completely different direction. Fitzgerald had training as a profiler, but it was his focus on linguistics that became vital to breaking the case. He believed that the key to unlocking the true identity of the Unabomber would be found in the language of The Manifesto, a detailed account of some of Kaczynski's plots.
The cast includes Sam Worthington ("Hacksaw Ridge," "Avatar") as Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald, Paul Bettany ("Gangster No. 1," "Captain America: Civil War") as Ted Kaczynski, Chris Noth as Don Ackerman, Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Roadies," "Game of Thrones") as Tabby, Jane Lynch ("Glee," "Hollywood Game Night") as former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Michael Nouri as Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, and Ben Weber as Andy Genelli, former head of the Unabom Task Force.
"Manhunt: Unabomber" is produced with Lionsgate and Trigger Street Productions. Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Troy Searer and Greg Yaitanes are executive producers. John Goldwyn serves as executive producer on behalf of Discovery. Jim Fitzgerald serves as consulting producer. The pilot was written by Andrew Sodroski.