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'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto: Casting Rumors Are Bunk, Third Season Might be the Last

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2014 at 1:22PM

The rumors are false, says "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto: there's no confirmed casting for the film's second season. Oh, and he doesn't see the show going for more than three seasons.
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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the first season of "True Detective."
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the first season of "True Detective."

The rumors are false, says "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto: there's no confirmed casting for the series's second season.  Oh, and he doesn't see the show going for more than three seasons.

Speaking to reporters at the Banff World Media Festival, Pizzolatto shot down rumors about Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Jessica Chastain joining the show.  "Literally, not a single rumour about casting that has been printed anywhere has any truth to it whatsoever.  I’ve seen entertainment reporters say ‘My sources say...' There are no sources."  OK, then.

The eight-episode first season of the HBO drama wowed critics and audiences, drawing the most eyeballs of any new HBO show since "Six Feet Under."  Season Two, however, will not see the return of stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and will instead have a different cast and storyline and will be set in California instead of Season One's Louisiana.

Pizzolatto--who personally wrote every episode of the first season of "True Detective"--has written the first two episodes of the second season and says he has some ideas for the third.  But as a solo writer, he told reporters at Banff that he's not sure how long he can keep up the gig, meaning "True Detective" might end up a three-season show.

"Every season, I’m essentially creating a brand new TV show," he said. "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."

This article is related to: HBO, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, TV, Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Christian Bale


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.