If you were holding your breath for Mindhunter Season 3, you might be holding it in vain. The chances of Netflix's creepy serial killer series getting renewed just went way down. TV Guide has now confirmed that the cast, led by Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, and Jonathan Groff, were let out of their contracts in December, which means the future of Mindhunter is up in the air.
Minduhunter Season 2 debuted on Netflix in August of 2019 and featured Holden's hunt for the perpetrator of the Atlanta Child Murders. The season was celebrated by many as a triumphant return, however Netflix has still not renewed the series for Season 3. TVLine reports that the cast loved working with executive producer David Fincher on the project, but many of them are in high demand in Hollywood, and releasing them from their contracts seems to hint that Mindhunter's future may be in jeopardy.
As for explanations for this move, Fincher's other Netflix commitments seem to be to blame.
"David is focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death and Robots," a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to TV Line. "He may revisit Mindhunter again in the future, but in the meantime felt it wasn't fair to the actors to hold them from seeking other work while he was exploring new work of his own."
McCallany retweeted the news, not adding any commentary.
'Mindhunter' Future In Limbo As Netflix Series' Cast Options Expire - Deadline https://t.co/bExbIHdI5c— Holt McCallany (@HoltMcCallany) January 16, 2020
Cameron Britton, who played Ed Kemper in both seasons of Mindhunter, was asked for his thoughts on the development while promoting his new series Manhunt: Deadly Games at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
"It's one of the best written shows ever and such layered, complex characters. It's so accurate. It's worked on so diligently. To me, it's what making TV is all about. So I really hope we get to keep doing that," he said. When asked whether he'd talk to Fincher about the decision to put Season 3 on hold, Britton added, "No, I'd imagine he's quite busy with 18 million projects, but at some point, I'd love to meet with him and ask what the plan is, or if it's not going to continue, why — as a fan of the show, as well as a member of it."
Mindhunter Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Netflix.