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Nic Pizzolatto Says ‘True Detective’ Season 3 Could Be In The Vein Of ‘The Big Lebowski,’ Has Rodeo Drama In Works At HBO

Nic Pizzolatto Says 'True Detective' Season 3 Could Be In The Vein Of 'The Big Lebowski,' Has Rodeo Drama In Works At HBO

The timing could probably be a little bit better. With an Emmy campaign underway and a helluva lot of buzz around the second season, "True Detective" writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto has been hit with charges of plagiarism. You can read the full details here, but essentially some horror fiction pundits allege that the influence the show takes from the work of Thomas Ligotti goes beyond mere homage to outright theft. Nevertheless, Pizzolatto is still one of the hottest names on the TV landscape, and in a new profile in THR he reaches beyond season two to talk about what season three of the hit HBO drama could look like (even as he doesn’t see the show going beyond that).

Noting that the big brain behind the grim HBO series is also a fan of "Community," "30 Rock" and "Arrested Development," the trade says Pizzolatto has a "fantasy"of doing a third season of ‘True Detective’ in the spirit of the Coen Brothers classic "The Big Lebowski," with the writer describing the result as a "[Raymond] Chandler‑esque riff with two characters." 

So here’s Pizzolatto citing his influences out loud, so make of that what you will. Meanwhile, he’s also developing a "modern Western bull-riding drama" at HBO, a movie deal at Universal and other projects. But ‘True Detective’ is his main gig, and all the chatter it has generated results in occasional criticism. He particularly bristles at comments regarding the lack of female focus in the first season, saying it was a story designed to be about two particular men.

"You can either accept that about the show or not, but it’s not a phony excuse," he said. "When Callie [Khouri], who wrote ‘Thelma & Louise,’ thinks that that’s stupid criticism, I’m inclined to take her opinion over someone with a Wi-Fi connection." Zing.

But Pizzolatto admits that the criticism got to him. When he started writing season two, he was playing to those concerns…at least until he abandoned his first attempt and started over. "I don’t think you can create effectively toward expectation," he explained. "I’m not in the service business." And when it comes to season two, he’s keeping his lips sealed, refusing to comment on the recent plot details, particularly the rumor that one of the four main leads will be played by a woman.

Time may be a flat circle, but Pizzolatto’s career at the moment is moving in a steady straight line. We’ll wait to see how season two shakes out and what’s next for the writer.

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Peggy

"…He particularly bristles at comments regarding the lack of female focus in the first season, saying it was a story designed to be about two particular men.

"You can either accept that about the show or not, but it's not a phony excuse," he said. "When Callie [Khouri], who wrote 'Thelma & Louise,' thinks that that's stupid criticism, I'm inclined to take her opinion over someone with a Wi-Fi connection." – Um, I've got Broadband and the criticism is correct. Every image of a woman in the opening credits was of either a whore or a corpse.

Washington

The only reason people are freaking out about plagiarism is cause it's about a suicide based philosophy. If rust cohle's philosophy was some regular old "get a job and wife and have kids and be happy" nobody would give a single shit if it was worded similar to how another character described a similar philosophy. But it's a less typical belief system, so let's point to the one other instance of it we can think of and call it a rip off because every one is a clueless five year old who thinks everything that ever existed or was made is entirely unique and made without any help or influence of anything else ever because they've only heard or seen or read a handful of shitty songs/movies/books each and they have no clue how creative work is done.

Never minding how absurd it is to get upset that description of a personal PHILOSOPHY and belief system sounds similar to someone's elses description of the SAME belief system, literally who gives a shit if a couple lines of dialogue are the same as in something else? How many great old songs were just halfassed remakes of other songs? But this is the internet era, we can google search where every part of every creative work came from and we can voice our opinions at anytime and having nothing actually meaningful to say let's just point out the obvious shit we noticed because we love to hear ourselves talk and pretend we're contributing are cultured.

Gerg

Sounds like Pizzolatto has some good ideas for Inherent Vice… *cough* I mean True Detective season 3.

Rod

hit with charges of plagiarism? this denotes legal action taken by a party against him, not blog rumor accusations. to my knowledge, he has yet to be serviced with a lawsuit.

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