Fans of the hit Netflix show Mindhunter will be shocked to discover that the future of the highly anticipated third season is uncertain.
Set in the late 1970s, Holden Ford and Bill Tench of the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.
Created by Joe Penhall, Mindhunter is based on the true-crime book of the same name by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. Douglas pioneered the study of serial killers and is considered the master investigative profiling.
True crime fans endlessly praised the show for its realistic portrayals of the most notorious serial killers including Cameron Britton as Edmund Kemper and Oliver Cooper as David Berkowitz.
Season 2 focused on the Atlanta Child Murders that took place between July 1979 and May 1981. 28 victims were murdered in cold blood; many of the victims were young, black children – mostly male.
Finally, in 1982, Wayne Williams was charged with the murders of 27-year-old Nathaniel Cater and 21-year-old Jimmy Ray Payne. Investigators believed they had caught the serial killer responsible for the deaths so they never closed the other cases. Nobody has ever been charged with the murders of the missing Atlanta children.
The original plan of five seasons now seems unlikely as production issues have hit the team. So why would such a well-received show be shelved? These are the following complications Mindhunter is faced with…
David Fincher Is Focusing On Other Projects
Executive Producer David Fincher (Se7en, Gone Girl) has shelved the docu-series as he focuses on his feature-length biopic Mank. The film, due for release later this year, follows the real-life story of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ iconic 1941 movie Citizen Kane.
A Netflix spokesperson explained: “David is focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death and Robots.”
Fincher has also directed seven of Mindhunter’s 20 episodes and has been heavily involved in production throughout.
The Key Cast Have Been Released From Their Contracts
What would Mindhunter be without our heroes of criminal profiling? Fans of the show were excited to hear Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff). Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), and Wendy (Anna Torv) back at work catching the bad guys in late 2020.
Viewers were also looking forward to seeing the return of Cameron Britton as the chilling Edmund Kemper and also a possible portrayal of Ted Bundy who helped investigators catch the Gary ‘Green River Killer’ Ridgway.
Deadline then broke the news on January 15th that the actors were released from their contracts.
“(Fincher) 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,” added a Netflix spokesperson.
Netflix Have A Cut-Throat Approach To Renewing Shows
Despite the show securing a hit overall rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and amassing a huge cult following online; often, this just isn’t enough for streaming giant Netflix to renew a show.
Netflix does not release viewing figures but based on trending conversations – season 1 of Mindhunter enjoyed a larger following than the much quieter season 2.
Fincher has a strong working relationship with Netflix as his critically-acclaimed original series House of Cards was a game-changer and helped kick off their original programming.
In 2019, Netflix canceled the hit mystery drama The OA after two seasons despite loyal viewership. So it’s fair to say, no show is completely safe from the chopping board.
Sadly for Mindhunter fans, we’re going to have to wait a long time to find out what the deal with Brian really is…