Nic Pizzolatto has signed an overall deal to remain at HBO, but “True Detective” Season 3 isn’t officially a go just yet. Though the new contract includes an option for another season of the ratings monster, HBO executives are pushing the creator to pursue other projects as well as a new way to run “True Detective” if a third season goes forward.
According to Variety, the good folks at HBO are looking to alter the way their hit anthology series is produced and have presented Pizzolatto with three options. One would keep things exactly as they are, with PIzzolatto writing the entire season by himself. The other two, however, involve bringing in a writing staff and/or a new showrunner. Pizzolatto would remain an executive producer no matter what.
Considering the intense critical backlash following “True Detective” Season 2, the temptation for the latter two options has to be tempting for both HBO and fans of the show. No matter what your opinion is of the hotly-debated second season, most would agree the first year was of a much higher quality. At least some of that can be attributed to Pizzolatto working closely with director and producer Cary Fukunaga to shape the story. Collaboration in Season 1 lead to a better end result than going it alone in Season 2, so bringing on a showrunner and/or a writing staff could help dramatically.
That being said, one season does not define a man. PIzzolatto could very well want to prove himself capable of going it alone or simply prefer to work as a lone wolf. Reports surfaced of disagreements between Pizzolatto and Fukunaga during production of Season 1 (so much so that Pizzolatto was rumored to be openly mocking his former creative partner with a shady director character in Season 2), and bad reviews have only proven to raise the writer’s defense mechanisms.
No matter what Pizzolatto chooses to do, “True Detective” Season 3 is likely on the way. The deal indicates what many already expected: HBO isn’t done with this lucrative property, and neither is Nic Pizzolatto.