Fans of Mindhunter will be devastated to hear that the critically acclaimed show is probably finished.
David Fincher, the showrunner and executive producer, has all but confirmed the show’s demise in a recent interview with Vulture while promoting his new project, Mank, “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.’”
The cast and crew of Mindhunter used to have relocated to Pittsburgh to shoot the series, which apparently cost a lot to achieve its dark cinematic look. The lead characters (a team of FBI investigators) have to travel to different prisons for interviews with convicted killers – meaning that Mindhunter had to shoot at many different locations, some requiring extensive amounts of extras and other affiliated costs.
He continued: “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…Listen, 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 [money] than I did season two. And on some level, you have to be realistic—dollars have to equal eyeballs.”
Unfortunately, the writing has been on the wall for a while now. Back in January, the show released the main cast from their contracts and put the show on indefinite hold. The hope was that it would return at some point but these recent comments by Fincher have all but sealed the show’s fate, despite the fact that Netflix has yet to formally cancel it.
As a fan, the news is incredibly disappointing as the show was excellent in every aspect, from the writing to the story, to the acting and the visuals. While the subject matter was dark, the show made for compelling television. The show really only needs one more season to wrap things up but if and/or when that will happen is anybody’s guess.