It’s been revealed to us by sources close to Netflix that discussions between the streamer and David Fincher for a Mindhunter Season 3 are back on.
This is interesting to me as least because it did seem as though the show was done.
Back in January 2020, the show’s leads, Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv, were released from their contracts in January and the show was put on “indefinite hold” by Netflix.
Then, David Fincher came out and put an even bigger dent into our hopes for seeing Mindhunter Season 3.
During an interview with Vulture, Fincher said: “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.”
Fincher basically did everything himself on Season 2 of Mindhunter and it was a bit too much for him.
He revealed that he, “ended up looking at what was written and deciding I didn’t like any of it, so we tossed it and started over.”
Fincher then opted to promote Courtenay Miles, who had been an assistant director on the show, to co-showruner.
However, the show still took up most of Fincher’s time. He revealed:
“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.'”
It seemed like Netflix didn’t really put up much of a fight when Fincher told them that he didn’t want to work on Mindhunter Season 3 for now.
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos and Cindy Holland, the company’s VP for original content at the time, asked the director what he would like to do next instead, and that’s when Mank happened.
‘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 than I did season two. And on some level, you have to be realistic — dollars have to equal eyeballs.’
So, it seems as though the numbers weren’t really in Mindhunter’s favour.
However, Netflix never shut the door on the show entirely, and it seems as though they’ve started talking about it again.
A Netflix spokesperson did revealed that Mindhunter Season 3 could happen: “Maybe in five years”, back in October 2020.
It seems as though we might be getting a Season 3 before that however, that is, according to our source.
‘All I can really tell you about Mindhunter is that conversations between Netflix and Fincher are ongoing. They are discussing the possibility of bringing the show back for a third season.’
Our source then went on to add that
‘It’s still very early days, but Fincher sounds more upbeat about the project.’
Does this mean that Netflix has agreed to give Fincher more budget to do a Season 3? Possibly, but that’s just me speculating.
So, what could happen in a third season of Mindhunter?
Honestly, your guess is as good as mine, but I would love to see something to do with Dennis Rader, better known as the BTK killer.
They were doing a lot of teasing with the BTK killer is seasons 1 and 2.
I would love to see the agents deal with that case.
What would you like to see in a Mindhunter Season 3?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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