HBO has just continued a contract with TRUE DETECTIVE’s Nic Pizzolatto that will allow him to work on concepts through 2018. Whether that includes a third season of the anthology series is still unknown. If it does go forward however, don’t expect it in 2016. Keep in mind it would still have to be written from scratch before it ever went to camera and since HBO has not given approval yet they must be holding out for such a script.
However, it bears repeating that Michael Lombardo has already stated that a third run is up to its creator. Lombardo said – “If he wants to do another season, I said the door is open, we’d like to do another season of it.” But, since TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two took such a beating, maybe Pizzolatto’s heart isn’t in it? But, it is an anthology series so each new season is a fresh reboot. The series remains one of HBO’s most watched shows of all time, with cumulative viewers averaging 11 million across Season Two, just a tad below Season One’s 12 million.
Another option is now on the table with the extended contract. Pizzolatto could create all new content via a new series, an HBO Films presentation or miniseries. Of this recent agreement Lombardo stated, “I am thrilled to continue our relationship with Nic, as he is one of the most exceptionally talented writers and producers working today. “I look forward to seeing where his unique creative vision will take us next.”
Another option to consider is that Nic P. does not have to try to do it all. He could get other writers to write a third season of TRUE DETECTIVE just keeping him as the producer and show runner. To Vanity Fair Pizzolatto said, “But it’s unclear whether the True Detective creator would be comfortable with relinquishing that measure of control. He told Vanity Fair: “I work more efficiently on my own. I suppose it’s that ingrained authorial sensibility: if I’m making a movie or a show or whatever, I’m expressing something on a personal level or else it doesn’t mean anything to me. If I’m doing that, it works better without a committee.” VF followed up with the thought that – If that’s the case, his future collaborations with HBO may not include a third season of True Detective after all.
For now, at least, we know he is still at HBO and we can only hope that we hear something soon. What scenario do you prefer? Do you want Nic Pizzolatto to write and run another season of TRUE DETECTIVE, get other writers onboard to assist him in another season or should he let it go and venture out with something new?