After the truly impressive first season of True Detective in 2014, it was unfortunate that the much awaited Season 2 was a total disappointment. With the all-star cast of Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn the second season had the potential to be another stunner, but instead it fell flat, failing to bring the same spark to the series that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson had in Season 1.
With Season 2 failing to impress, it had seemed unlikely that the series would be renewed for a third season. However, sources have recently reported to Variety that following a new deal HBO has made with creator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto (who also writes the entire series alone, unaided), there could still be a future for the series, provided some changes are made. Variety reports:
Sources say HBO has been looking to make a change in the way the show is run, given the critical response to the second season, and has presented Pizzolatto with a number of options. Those options include: him working with a staff of writers, having a new showrunner come in, as well as him going it alone again. In all scenarios, he would remain an exec producer.
Sources say HBO has been pressing Pizzolatto for an answer so they can move forward with production on the show.
This new deal between HBO and Pizzolatto will last until 2018, with Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, saying that the network was "thrilled to continue our relationship" and eagerly awaiting where "his unique creative vision" would take the network next.
With Pizzolatto yet to nail down the specifics of the deal with HBO, it seems like it will still be some time before we have a definite answer on whether or not True Detective will be back on screens for a third season, and whether or not he will once again write the series alone, or if there will be input.
Source: Geek Tyrant