Will Mindhunter ever make a comeback for a season 3 on Netflix? Members of the cast and crew have certainly hinted that it might, though Netflix has yet to make any formal announcement. On the other hand, the show’s producer David Fincher has said it’s not likely to return. We’ve scoured the internet for all the relevant news regarding Mindhunter season 3, and as of the year 2023, this is what we know.
Mindhunter, which is a top show on Netflix, tracks two FBI agents forming a new department in the Bureau. Their purpose is to analyze a number of notorious murderers from history. For more details about what happened in season 2, consult our guide.
Mindhunter Season 3 is Put on Hold Indefinitely Until 2023
The show was launched with five seasons planned. Unfortunately, due to its substantial costs and lagging ratings, production was placed on an “indefinite hold” and the cast was allowed to look for other opportunities.
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In January 2020, Netflix confirmed to Vulture that
David is devoting himself to the task of directing Mank, his first Netflix movie, and producing the sequel of Love, Death, and Robots. Even though he has the hankering to work on Mindhunter again in the foreseeable future, he believed that it was unfair to prevent the actors from pursuing other jobs while he was forging a path of his own.
In late 2020, Fincher reiterated to Vulture that the show was on hold yet again.
After we discussed whether or not to end Mank, I realized that there was no way we could finish it with the same budget we had for the second season. It’s an expensive show considering its viewership, and we need to be practical— money has to match the audience.
Recent rumors indicate that the show could possibly be returning, with claims of scripts being written and the show remaining an option. Nevertheless, these are currently unsubstantiated.
In 2023, Fincher was interviewed by the French outlet Le Journal du Dimanche and was directly questioned about the possibility of a Mindhunter sequel. He replied (as translated to English by Google Translate)
I take great pride in the first two seasons. But it’s a rather costly production, and from Netflix’s point of view, the viewership hasn’t grown to a point where the costs are warranted. I don’t fault them, they were brave enough to give it a go, they allowed me to make Mank as I wished, and they enabled me to explore something new with The Killer. It’s a great chance to work with people who are daring enough. We have to part ways when our interests no longer align honestly.
Interestingly, the French Twitter account of Netflix considered it wise to correct outlets that had left out parts of an answer by posting the complete quote.
The cause of this action remains a mystery; yet, we can presume two explanations. It is possible that the series may resurface someday or, more likely, they sought to include the positive remarks Fincher made about Netflix rather than solely focusing on the lackluster ratings.
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Insights from the Cast of Mindhunter Season 3
The cast of the show has openly expressed their hopes for its eventual return. Let’s explore their statements.
At the time of the launch of The Matrix 4 in late 2021, Jonathan Groff (Agent Smith in the sequel) talked to THR to discuss the outlook of Mindhunter.
He compared the decision to pause the show to Jerry Krause’s 1997-1998 decision to let the Chicago Bulls restructure, allowing them to regain strength before charging ahead.
Without hesitation, Groff proclaimed, “I will always be ready to take part in any endeavor he chooses. His decisions are dependable, so I put my faith in them without fail.”
Holt McCallany is often quite vocal regarding the show’s prospects and is in the habit of frequently Tweeting out articles that report on its potential.
McCallany recently stated on the KFC Radio podcast that he would accept an invitation to reprise his role should one arise. He noted, however, that the ultimate decision rested with David Fincher.
During an interview with GoldDerby in the summer of 2020, Tench optimistically commented on the possibility of another season of the show. He added, “I believe it’s still not too late for us to make a return, so I’m hoping we haven’t seen the last of Bill Tench and Holden Ford … I’m crossing my fingers.”
I’d trade my first born for another season of Mindhunter 💔@MINDHUNTER_ @HoltMcCallany— Marivel Rose (@MARIVELR0SE) January 27, 2021
In April of 2022, Holt tweeted a casual reply to a fan inquiring about the continuation of the series.
🤷♂️— Holt McCallany (@HoltMcCallany) April 27, 2022
Exploring the Potential Plot of Mindhunter Season 3 on Netflix
Recently, one of the show directors for Mindhunter gave Collider a preview of what Season 3 had originally been plotted to contain.
Andrew Dominik, the director of season 2, declared that season 3 was aiming higher than the preceding two seasons, with ambitions to reach Hollywood.
The cast of Season 3 was to venture into Hollywood, where one of them would team up with Jonathan Demme and the other with Michael Mann. Their mission was to place profiling in the public consciousness and generate an impactful cultural statement. The series was poised to escape its beginnings and venture into a world of greater possibility, and this is what viewers were waiting for.
David Fincher’s Upcoming Project for Netflix: What to Expect?
In late 2020, Netflix announced a four-year exclusive agreement for the production of films and television series, signaling an abundance of future projects.
From late 2021 to early 2022, Fincher worked on his debut feature movie for Netflix – the adaptation of the comic book The Killer, scheduled to release in November 2023.
Fincher has more in store beyond The Killer. One of the projects announced by Netflix is a TV prequel to the 1974 classic Chinatown, written by Robert Towne.
Until now, David Fincher’s work can be accessed on Netflix US. These include the Oscar-winning movie Mank, the thrilling series Love, Death and Robots (which is due for its Volume 3 in May 2022), the executive-produced docu-series Voir, and House of Cards, for which he was also an executive producer.
To summarize, Mindhunter’s potential Netflix return remains hazy.
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