‘Mindhunter’ Director David Fincher Explains Why Netflix Canceled The Series

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If you ask TV fans, they’ll likely name Mindhunter as one of the best dramas that Netflix has ever made. After all, it was produced and partially directed by acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher, so of course it was good.

Ask Netflix, however, and the show apparently wasn’t good enough to justify the cost of making a third season, at least according to Fincher himself.

“I’m very proud of the first two seasons, but it’s a particularly expensive series and, in the eyes of Netflix, we haven’t attracted a large enough audience to justify such an investment. I don’t blame them, they took risks to launch the series,” Fincher said in a recent interview with French outlet Le Journal du Dimanche.

Originally released in 2017, the two seasons of Mindhunter — which starred Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv — followed three 1970s FBI agents who begin to pursue serial killers as members of the newly-formed Behavioral Science Unit.

During the course of the series, there were portrayals of real-life serial killers such as Edmund Kemper, Montie Rissell, Jerry Brudos, Richard Speck, Dennis Rader, David Berkowitz, William Pierce Jr., Elmer Wayne Henley Jr., and Charles Manson.

Despite the unceremonious cancellation of Mindhunter, Fincher obviously still has a strong relationship with Netflix, as they released his 2019 passion project Mank and his upcoming Michael Fassebender-starring thriller The Killer, which will release later this year.

Written by Seven screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, here’s the official synopsis for The Killer, which has yet to debut a trailer:

“After a fateful near-miss an assassin battles his employers, and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn’t personal.”

In addition to Fassbender, The Killer stars Charles Parnell, Arliss Howard, Sophie Charlotte, and Tilda Swinton. It’s currently scheduled to release on Netflix on November 10.

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