Mindhunter season 3 would have sent the FBI to Hollywood, says Andrew Dominik

It’s not often that we as television viewers and aficionados get an inside scoop on what might have been the future of a favorite show – especially once it’s cancelled. In the case of Netflix mindhunterwhich released its second season in 2019, technically the series was not canceled as often, as a possible third David Fincher, although the series’ executive producer has also confirmed in interviews that season 3 is likely to be canceled, in part due to the fact that it required an even steeper budget than the last. Now, thanks to the season 2 director Andrew Dominikwe have even more idea of ​​why mindhunter‘s dead-in-the-water third season would have had a higher price tag.


Speaking to Collider’s own Steve Weintraub in a long-running interview about his documentary about… Nick Cave and Warren EllisSo much I know it’s truethe director also briefly discussed not only his experience directing two of mindhunter‘s Season 2 episodes, as well as what the third season would have entailed in terms of the main story — as well as what real-life figures the FBI Behavioral Science Unit team made up of Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), and possibly even psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torva) would have crossed with . In Dominic’s words:

“What they were going to do with season 3 was they were going to go” [to] Hollywood. So one of them would contact Jonathan Demme and the other would contact Michael Mann. And it would be all about profiling to make it the kind of zeitgeist, the public consciousness. It would have been… That was the season that everyone was really waiting for, with when they kind of come out of the basement and start.”

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It’s hard not to mourn what could have been with mindhunter, especially if it meant seeing Holden and Bill uprooted from their basement office at the FBI, in favor of donning a pair of sunglasses and handling crimes in sunny California. Furthermore, while criminal profiling was a relatively new strategy in terms of approaching various cases, and its novelty was something the first season of the Netflix series had explored, it makes sense that word of those investigative methods would eventually spread. — and also capture the attention of some of the decade’s most prominent filmmakers. Of course, that begs the question: Would we have seen Holden and Bill rubbing elbows with other celebrities over the course of Season 3?

As for his own experience working on the series, Dominik had nothing but praise to sing – especially for being allowed to direct Season 2’s pivotal Charles Manson episode, which starred justified‘s Damon Herriman as the deceased cult leader (a role he would also play) Quentin Tarantino‘s Once upon a time in Hollywood premiere in the same year). To hear Dominik tell it, apparently, all it took was a phone call to Fincher to get involved with the series:

“I probably got involved for the same reason you liked it, right. I really loved it. And I knew David and I called him up, and he said, ‘Do you want to do the Manson episode?'” I mean how can you say no to the Charles Manson episode?… I actually had to work on that because I knew David, and it was a really good experience. It was very collegial. Usually directing is kind of a lonely job in a way because you’re the one who always says no and you’re the one who’s in charge of everything everyone is dealing with you and you have to be responsible you can’t kind of mess around like everyone else in a movie that can. So it was really nice to do something with Fincher, because it was like I had a director, and he would record bits of my episode, and I would record little bits of his episode. It’s always really interesting to in the process of being someone else.”

Although the possibility of a mindhunter Season 3 is probably buried at this point, Dominik hasn’t slowed down since his time as director of the Netflix series. His documentary film So much I know it’s true is slated to debut in theaters as part of a global cinema event on May 11. For what Dominik said about his longer version of his movie The Murder of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Fordand are upcoming Marilyn Monroe Netflix biopic blondclick on the links.

Stay tuned to Collider for our full interview with Dominik coming soon.


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