After the first season of Mindhunter fell on Netflix in October 2017, we needed to wait nearly two years before we got a second season in August 2019. Unfortunately, it feels like the that’70s-set serial killer drama is going to leave us hanging once again until debuting a third season. Actor Jonathan Groff, who stars as brooding FBI agent Holden Ford, disclosed in a November 2019 interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the third year is”on hold” as Mindhunter production David Fincher concentrates on a biopic about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. The movie, which will be called Mank, is Fincher’s most up-to-date job for Netflix and his first film since 2014’s Gone Girl.
On Jan. 15, Deadline reported that Netflix has introduced the Mindhunter cast from their contracts as the show is put on”indefinite hold.” [Fincher] is concentrated on directing his first Netflix movie Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death, and Creator,” a Netflix spokesperson informed Deadline. “He could revisit Mindhunter again in the future, but in the meantime felt it wasn’t fair to the actors to maintain them from seeking additional work while he was exploring new job of his own.”
To be honest, Mindhunter has never technically been renewed for a third season, however, though the series was originally made using a five-season program in mind. Plans vary, of course, Groff’s costar Holt McCallany, that plays Bill Tench, confessed to PopCulture.com before the season two premiere that a few of their original intentions for the series had been modified or even lost altogether. That does not automatically mean that Mindhunter will not end up having three more seasons, but it does mean that nothing is guaranteed.
Producing the show (that is inspired by the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker) is no small feat. Although the first season only had 10 episodes along with the next season had nine, every season required spending nine months in Pittsburgh for filming. The show was renewed for a second season right after the premiere of the first, but it still took two decades to the atmosphere. Seeing as the series has not been renewed yet, we are waiting at least years to see the third installment.
We imagine the actors and the producers probably require a break from Mindhunter’s dark material also. The many serial killers insured in the show have included necrophile Edmund Kemper, who killed 10 people (including his mom and grandparent), along with the dreadful Atlanta Child Murders, that involved the kidnapping and murdering of 29 black kids between 1979 and 1981, so it is not exactly TV that is created for Netflix and chilling. While we wait for more information on a possible third season, we’ll only have to worry about what sort of twisted case they’ll take on next.