David Fincher Says Mindhunter Won't Return For Another Season
Mindhunter looks to be done for good, its creator has said.
David Fincher has revealed that despite hopes of a third season, it just wouldn't be cost-effective.
The director said that at the end of the day, a series needs to have enough viewers to justify the expense and that isn't the case with Mindhunter.
When he was asked about plans for the show and whether it was done, Fincher told Vulture: "I think probably.
"Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was an 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 about dollars have to equal eyeballs."
He went on to say that making the series was a mammoth task and took a lot of time and effort, saying he would spend around seven months a year making it.
He explained: "Mindhunter was a lot for me. We had done the first season of Mindhunter without a showrunner, with me pinch-hitting on a week-by-week basis. We started getting scripts for the second season, and I ended up looking at what was written and deciding I didn't like any of it. So we tossed it and started over.
"I brought in Courtenay Miles, an AD I'd worked with who wanted to write, and she ended up co-showrunning Mindhunter. But it's a 90-hour work week. 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'."
Earlier this year, it was reported that the cast had been released from their contracts, with a Netflix spokesperson telling Deadline: "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."
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The series' cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt also said earlier this year that the future didn't look too great for the show, but that he was up for getting back at it.
During an interview with Collider he was asked if he had any updates, to which he replied: "I don't. I don't. We just finished this movie [Mank] and I've heard things are on hold for a little bit. We'll see. Who knows?
"But it would be an honor to go back. I love working with David and adore the cast and the crew, and it's been an incredible period of my life for certain.
"I've been really blessed to have the opportunity to work on it and contribute to it.
"It's been particularly important and poignant in my career. But yeah, I don't know. I don't know what's going on."
The last time we saw agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) they were on the case of the Atlanta child murders, while getting closer and closer to the serial killer who has been foreshadowed over the past two seasons.
Fans thought we might be getting a glimpse at killer-clown John Wayne Gacy in the third season, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen after all.
The first two seasons of Mindhunter are available to watch on Netflix.
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