The future of Netflix’s crime-thriller series Mindhunter is in limbo. Exactly five months after the release of Season 2, it was revealed on Wednesday that the show had been put on ‘indefinite hold.’
Further, upsetting fans, Mindhunters lead cast members Jonathan Groff (Holden Ford), Holt McCallany (Bill Tench) and Anna Torv (Dr. Wendy Carr) have all been released from their contracts, according to EW.
A Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to EW on Wednesday, Mindhunter executive producer David Fincher ‘focused on directing his first Netflix film, Munk.
The spokesperson continued, “Davis focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and producing the second season of Love, Death, and Robot.
“He may revisit Mindhunter in the future, but in the meantime, he felt it was not fair for the actors to catch him from the demands of his work while he was searching for his new work.” The statement concludes.
Netflix did not immediately respond to people’s requests for comments.
The show, which tells the story of real-life serial killers, follows the main character Holden Ford – loosely based on former FBI special agent John E. Douglas.
Douglas was one of the bureau’s first criminal profilers. Many of the stories from Mindhunter are taken directly from inside Douglas’ novel, Mindhunter: FBI’s elite serial crime unit.
Douglas, 4, joined the FBI in 1970 at the age of 25 to work on violent crimes. According to the Powell Tribune, he was a member of the SWAT team and applied criminal psychology before becoming an instructor in hostage negotiations.
Much like in the show, Douglas was teaching when he was interviewing real-life criminals in hopes of better understanding their intentions for the idea and what led them to kill him.
He told the Powell Tribune, I researched from an investigative perspective, not from a rehabilitation perspective. “It was considered innovative, but to me, it was essential. If you want to know about violent crime, talk to experts: criminals who promote rape, arson, and serial homicides.
This is why Douglas created the FBI’s criminal profiling program.
Mindhunter Season 1, which aired in October 2014, saw interviews with many famous serial killers, including Edmund Kemper (coed killer), necrophile Jerry Brudos, and mass murderer Richard Speck — all of whom Douglas also interviewed in real life.
During his first year on the project, Douglas interviewed 59 serial killers. By 195, he received more than 1,000 requests for criminal profiles.
He also interviewed David Berkowitz (also known as Sam’s son, portrayed in Season 2), Ted Bundy, and even Charles Manson.
The series received rave reviews, scoring an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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