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Netflix's Thriller 'Mindhunter,' Starring Jonathan Groff, Could be Over

Thursday Jan 16, 2020
Jonathan Groff in a scene from "Mindhunter."
Jonathan Groff in a scene from "Mindhunter."  (Source:Patrick Harbron/Netflix)

Bad news for fans of Netflix's popular serial killer thriller "Mindhunter."

Five months after Season 2 of the drama hit the streaming service there "has been no movement on part of the streamer" for a third season, Deadline writes, adding the company allowed the cast's contracts to lapse. That means stars, like Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, are free to pursue other projects.

"Mindhunter,' produced by filmmaker David Fincher ("The Social Network," "Gone Girl"), first came to Netflix in 2017 and follows a crew of F.B.I. agents in the '70s who are trying to identify serial killers by interviewing imprisoned murderers. Fincher directed the first two and last two episodes of its first season. For season two, he directed the first three episodes.

"David is focused on directing his first Netflix film 'Mank' and on producing the second season of 'Love, Death and Robots,'" a Netflix spokesperson told Deadline. "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."

Sources told Deadline that the cast loves working with Fincher and most actors are willing to return to the world of "Mindhunter" but could be locked into other shows. The website also writes that "there has been chatter that Fincher was not particularly thrilled to do another lengthy location shoot ('Mindhunter' films in Pittsburgh) and was looking to raise the series' production value with a bigger budget."

Nevertheless, Deadline adds, "there has been no meaningful communication between Netflix, the director and the cast about a third season."

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