Mindhunter executive producer David Fincher has confirmed a third season of the show is not proceeding at Netflix – at least for now.
There has been speculation about the show’s future after options on cast members Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv expired earlier this year.
In an interview with Vulture, Fincher said at the beginning of season 2 he “ended up looking at what was written and deciding I didn’t like any of it, so we tossed it and started over.” He then promoted AD Courtenay Miles to co-showrunner, but said, “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.’”
At the time the cast options expired, Fincher was focused on directing upcoming film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death and Robots.
“Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was a very expensive show,” Fincher continued. “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.”
A Netflix spokesperson did not rule out a future, advising “Maybe in five years.”