Mindhunter has been a huge success for Netflix. The crime drama is directed by David Fincher and stars Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv. Based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, it may not be one of the biggest hits on Netflix but it has a solid worldwide fan base and those fans are not happy today.
News broke that David Fincher is now focused on directing his new personal project, Mank. That will be a Netflix movie about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his battles with director Orson Welles over screenplay credit for Citizen Kane. Because of that commitment, Mindhunter Season 3 has been put on the back burner. Netflix has even gone so far as to let the cast options expire rather than keep them waiting indefinitely.
So have we seen the last of Mindhunter? According to Deadline, Netflix execs released a statement saying: “David is focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death and Robots.
“He may revisit Mindhunter again in the future, but in the meantime felt it wasn’t fair to the actors to hold them from seeking other work while he was exploring new work of his own.”
But that doesn't appear to be the whole story. Talk suggests that Fincher was not particularly keen on another lengthy location shoot. He was also looking to raise the series’ production value with a bigger budget. And we all know that Netflix is a company run on numbers and analytics.
Money gets pumped into projects based on stats. The better the numbers the more chance you have of getting the green light for another season. And while Mindhunter (review here) has a solid fanbase and a very high binge factor, it doesn't have the numbers of other shows like Sex Education, Elite, YOU or basically any Adam Sandler movie.
There doesn't appear to have been any meaningful communication between Netflix and Fincher about Mindhunter Season 3 but all is not lost. Netflix hasn't actually canceled Mindhunter. It is simply on hiatus while Fincher pursues other projects. So there is still a small window of hope that our favourite FBI profilers will be back at some point. We just have no idea when that will be.