HBO’s ‘True Detective’: Nic Pizzolatto Refutes Casting Rumors, May Exit After Season 3
HBO’s ‘True Detective‘ proved to be unique across the TV landscape, as its miniseries structure attracted the A-list talent of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Though, even with season 2 on the horizon, we have to wonder how long creator Nic Pizzolatto’s approach will sustain the series. According to the man himself, ‘True Detective’ may not survive in its current form for more than a few years, and certain casting rumors may have been exaggerated.
We heard at least a few details of season 2 before any official casting surfaced, but speaking at the Banff World Media Festival, Pizzolatto told reporters that he himself may only stick with the series through a third season. That isn’t to say the series won’t continue without Pizzolatto, much as season 2 already lacks the touch of director Cary Fukunaga, but judge for yourself by Pizzolatto’s comments (via Calgary Herald):
Every season, I’m essentially creating a brand-new TV show.It can’t have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has to work right out of the box. That’s incredibly exhausting. I mean, the job is exhausting to begin with, but it’s doubly exhausting and I’m writing every episode.
I can’t imagine I would do this more than three years. I mean, I’d like to have a regular TV show. We’ll have some fixed sets, regular actors and I could bring in people to help and I don’ t have to be there every second. It’d be great.
While multiple names have been thrown around for the second season, which itself has been reported to focus on female leads, Pizzolatto staunchly refuted any hearsay beyond what he and the producers discussed internally. “There is a strong [lead] female character. But I wouldn’t say it is female-led or anything like that.”
In addition to the new season’s three leads and California setting, we have our own ideas about potential talent to which ‘True Detective’ season 2 might look. Besides everything we already know about the next cycle, Pizzolatto told press previously that he’d like to focus on “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system,” though it remains unclear how seriously we should take those words.
Well, what do you think? Should the greatness of ‘True Detective’ be contained to relatively few seasons, or would the series endure without its creator and chief writer? Are you disappointed the story won’t be female-led? Tell us what you want to see from future ‘True Detective’ in the comments!