David Fincher has confirmed the future of Mindhunter, the psychological drama that has proven to be a firm favourite among Netflix viewers.
Here's the trailer for the most recent season, series two:
Fincher, who is famous for directing suspenseful flicks like Seven and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as Fight Club and The Social Network, has been the executive producer of the show since the beginning.
Based on a true crime book about the FBI’s ‘Elite Serial Crime Unit’ who explored the minds of serial killers, the show was written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker and has featured acting talent such as Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv.
There have been two seasons to date, with speculation as to whether there would be a third hovering around for some time as Fincher had wanted to tackle other projects, though it was stated by Netflix that he might ‘revisit [the series] in future’.
Now, we have the confirmation that won’t be happening – on Netflix, at least.
Speaking to French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche this weekend, Fincher explained that the audience pull simply wasn’t there, which is why the show has been given the axe, despite being highly-rated and critically-acclaimed.
He explained: “I’m very proud of the first two seasons. But it’s a particularly expensive show and, in the eyes of Netflix, we haven’t attracted a large enough audience to justify such and investment.
“I don’t blame them, they took risks to launch the series.”
He added: “It's a blessing to be able to work with people who are capable of boldness. The day our desires are not the same, we have to be honest about parting ways.”
It’s becoming a bit of a habit at Netflix, isn’t it?
To be fair to them, they have to react to what the numbers say, rather than just ploughing money into projects that get them positive critical reviews.
The last series hit the streaming platform in 2019, since when it has been on indefinite hold.
Fincher had speculated that the ‘expensive’ series might never return before now, but this set of quotes puts any hope that fans might have had to bed once and for all.
Obviously, they’re gutted.
One fan wrote: “That's incredibly disappointing, but unfortunately not surprising.”
While another said: “Really loved this show. Definitely one of my favorite [sic] Netflix offerings.”
A third commented: “Someone call the feds, cause this man just murdered my hopes and dreams.”