Although he’d initially stated that he was planning a five-season run for the show, David Fincher’s acclaimed psychological crime series Mindhunter found itself placed on indefinite hold by Netflix back in January, with the cast all released from their contracts by the streamer just two seasons in.
The official announcement from Netflix stated that Fincher was focussed on the upcoming film Mank, but left the door open by suggesting that the filmmaker may “revisit Mindhunter again in the future”. Unfortunately, it seems that is highly unlikely, as Fincher has all but confirmed that the series won’t be returning during an interview with Vulture.
“We lived there for almost three years. Not year in and year out, but … probably six or seven months a year. Mindhunter was a lot for me. It’s a 90-hour workweek. It absorbs everything in your life. When I got done, I was pretty exhausted, and I said, ‘I don’t know if I have it in me right now to break season three.’ 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.”
So, Mindhunter appears to have gone the way of so many a Netflix series, being cut short before its time. However, Fincher’s next project Mank – the biopic of Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz starring Gary Oldman – is set to hit the streamer this December.