True detective is nearing a formal return to HBO, without creator Nic Pizzolatto at the helm.
The source tells The Hollywood reporter that the premium cable network has recruited Issa Lopez (Tigers are not afraid, side effects) to write a script for a new cycle that was dubbed True Detective: Night Country. Additionally, Barry Jenkins is in charge of producing the anthology. If season four were to go ahead – it’s currently in development – Lopez would direct the pilot in addition to serving as executive producer.
HBO declined to comment as the deals have not yet been formalized. Season 1 stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are expected to return as executive producers as they have been on all three previous seasons of the Emmy-winning HBO show. Jenkins, who transferred his overall deal to HBO last April after a few years at Amazon, will direct production via his Pastel banner with the company’s Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak also aboard as an EP. The anonymous content will be produced again.
Pizzolatto will also likely be credited as an executive producer although he is not expected to be formally involved in a fourth season. Pizzolatto, who created the anthology, the sources said earlier THR in January 2020, the showrunner met with HBO executives and all parties agreed it was time to part ways. He signed his first general deal with HBO anchored at the beginning of True detective and renewed that agreement twice. HBO owns the rights to True detective and, since Pizzolatto’s departure, he has left the door open to revisit the show with a new writer and central producer at the helm as he appears to explore different points of view. (Pizzolatto, since leaving HBO, has teamed up with McConaughey again on the FX series Redeemer as part of a general agreement with the cabler. The series did not move forward and Pizzolatto negotiated an early exit from his FX deal.)
News of the True detective the awakening is not surprising. HBO and HBO boss Max Casey Bloys said so THR in February that “we are developing various ideas” of the franchise.
Pizzolatto has skyrocketed after the star-studded first season hit HBO with 12 Emmy nominations. He took home the Emmy for writing as part of the show’s five wins for the first season. The franchise has garnered more than 20 nominations in three seasons.
Jenkins, for his part, has spent years working on it The Underground Railway on Amazon under its first deal with the streamer. You Moonlight The Oscar winner is represented by CAA, Jewerl Ross and attorney Jamie Feldman.
Lopez, represented by M88, Rand Holston and Hirsch Wallerstein, is an award-winning Mexican producer, writer and director. He has developed projects with the likes of Guillermo Del Toro, Noah Hawley and Jason Blum.