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'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto Teases Saga Of Rust & Martin Could Continue In Books

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 10, 2014 1:29 PM
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So, is that all for Rust Cohle and Martin Hart? Star-gazing and pondering the eternal battle of light versus dark? Certainly, their story won't continue on the acclaimed HBO series, as it came to a close last night (read our recap here), with the second season focusing on a whole new set of characters and a case that hints at a grander storyline (read those details here). But there is some hope for those expecting more about Rust and Marty.

Chatting with EW, Pizzolatto confirmed he retains the literary rights to the characters, and teases that he may not be through with them just yet. "...maybe you will see Cohle and Hart novels down the road after Hollywood kicks me out. Always a possibility," he shared.

Yes, Pizzolatto is a novelist, and broke out with the noir-ish "Galveston" (now being made into a film starring Matthias Schoenaerts), but it also seems like making "Rust & Marty: The Novel" isn't at the top of his to-do pile. That said, the possibilities of new stories with the pair is potentially interesting, considering there are plenty of lost years in "True Detective" timeline to dive into. That said, there is something pleasing about the finality of this story and these characters across eight episodes. 

Thoughts? Do you want more Rust and Marty on your Kindle? Let us know below.

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  • Slen | March 10, 2014 11:56 PMReply

    No thanks. It reminds me of Patterson's awful work, those kind of writers who tell a story about one character and the strange cases they get embroiled in. They're not really compelling and hold a lot of value. Most tend to feel like pulp.
    Also, spinoffs are the worst and feel like revolving doors of "who's your favourite character". Kind of how the new Saul Goodman show is turning into.

  • Tango | March 27, 2014 4:59 PM

    Yeah, because Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade stories and Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe stories are not compelling at all and hold no literary value.

  • Rob | March 10, 2014 1:39 PMReply

    Eh. Read half of Galveston. Not a great read. I'll pass. I do love me some more True Detective, though, but it seems Pizzolatto is the one receiving all the praise. Where is all the Cary Fukunaga love?

  • Slen | March 10, 2014 11:52 PM

    Agreed. So far, I think he's not that got of a writer. The monologues Rust dropped in the series were more embarrassing rather than intellectual or deep.
    The directing was what helped this series. That and the acting, rich photography and the amazing locations. Wow, they made Louisiana darkly beautiful.

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