David Fincher has confirmed his Netflix series Mindhunter will not have a third season on the platform. The director also serves as executive producer and showrunner for the show, which first aired in 2017.
Mindhunter, based on the true crime book of the same name by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, stars Jonathon Groff and Holt McCallany as two FBI agents attempting to understand a serial killer’s psychology.
The second season aired in 2019 and was welcomed by a growing fanbase. However, the streaming platform has scrapped plans for the following season, upsetting fans who were hoping Fincher’s next project would be a third instalment of the series.
Fincher told French outlet JDD about the news: “I’m very proud of the first two seasons. But it is a particularly expensive show and, in the eyes of Netflix, we did not attract a large enough audience to justify such an investment.”
“I don’t blame them. They took risks to launch the series, gave me the means to do as I dreamed with Mank [his black and white movie set in Hollywood in the 1930s],” the director added. “They allowed me to venture on new paths with The Killer [his upcoming crime thriller movie starring Michael Fassbender as a hitman].”
A fellow series director, Andrew Dominik, added that Ford and Tench were set to meet real Hollywood stars while learning behind-the-scenes trivia about slasher classics such as Jonathon Demme’s The Silence Of The Lambs. The Blonde director told Collider: “What they were going to do with Season 3 was they were going to go [to] Hollywood.”
“So one of them was going to be hooking up with Jonathan Demme [the director of The Silence Of The Lambs] and the other one was going to be hooking up with Michael Mann [Manhunter],” Dominik added. “It was all going to be about profiling making it into the sort of zeitgeist, the public consciousness. That was the season everyone was really waiting for them to do, when they sort of get out of the basement and start.”
Mindhunter’s cancellation is one of the many incidents where Netflix has dropped a project despite a positive reception and dedicated fanbase.