Mindhunter: David Fincher is Uncertain About Series’ Future
Earlier this year, it was previously reported that David Fincher’s Mindhunter has been put on indefinite hold due to the acclaimed filmmaker’s commitment in his latest film Mank which is currently expected to arrive in select theaters this coming November. However, it looks like the streamer’s plans for a potential third season hasn’t been set yet with Fincher finally opening up about the crime thriller series’ uncertain future.
Speaking with Vulture, the Oscar-winning filmmaker revealed that creating another season for Mindhunter is very unlikely right now, especially because of its very costly and time-consuming production. Despite its positive reviews from critics, He also seemingly confirmed that the series didn’t earned a large number of views that Netflix was hoping for which might cause the streamer’s possible unwillingness to greenlight a third season.
“We lived there for almost three years. Not year in and year out, but … probably six or seven months a year,” Fincher said. “Mindhunter was a lot for me. It’s a 90-hour workweek. It absorbs everything in your life. When I got done [with season 2], I was pretty exhausted, and I said, ‘I don’t know if I have it in me right now to break season three.’”
He continued, “For the viewership that it had, it was a very expensive show. We talked about, ‘Finish Mank and then see how you feel,’ but I honestly don’t think we’re going to be able to do it for less than I did season two. And on some level, you have to be realistic — dollars have to equal eyeballs.”
In Mindhunter, two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) set out on a sinister investigative odyssey to discover the brutal answers. In addition to the Atlanta Child Murders — which took place between 1979 and 1981 — the new season will likely cover Son of Sam and the reappearance of the BTK Killer.
Along with Groff and McCallany, the series features Anna Torv (Fringe, Heavenly Sword, The Daughter) and Hannah Gross (Unless, I Used to Be Darker, Take What You Can Carry). The series is directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network, Zodiac), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?). Season 2 will feature Damon Herriman (Justified, Quarry) playing Charles Manson, a role he also filled for Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood.
Joe Penhall (The Road) created the series. Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead), Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are executive producers. The first season of Mindhunter has been Certified Fresh with a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and was lauded by critics for its reinvention of the crime procedural, when it premiered in October 2017.
Seasons 1 and 2 are already available for streaming on Netflix.