True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has confirmed that he is halfway through writing True Detective's Season 2 episodes, and that this new storyline will center on 4 lead characters as they traverse the lesser-known parts of California. No one has been cast just yet, and the plot may not revolve around the secret occult history of the transportation system as previously rumored.
Now an Emmy nominee for his writing work on True Detective Season 1, Nic Pizzolatto also hints that there may be multiple directors in the upcoming season. Cary Fukunaga, also nominated for an Emmy this morning, directed all 8 episodes of the first season by himself. Speaking with The Daily Beast shortly after the Emmy announcements were made, Nic Pizzolatto talked about the future of his hit show, a favorite amongst critics and audiences alike.
About the scripts, he offers an update on where he has landed in terms of the overall story.
"I'm hitting the halfway mark on the scripts. Not much [I can tell you]. We're not keeping any secrets, so when something concrete develops, we'll announce it to everybody. But everything has just been empty rumors so far."
When asked if the new episodes would focus on the U.S. transportation system, the creator got a little cagey,
"I would actually just stick with "set in California." I'd rather not to elaborate on that."
In a previous interview, Nic Pizzolatto claimed that he had characters he loved and cared about as much as Rust and Marty, which nabbed both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey Emmy nominations this morning. He goes onto talk about these new characters and how they've continued to evolve.
Yep, but since then they've deepened and become richer. Creating new characters for Season 2 was the same experience as creating Rust and Marty. They didn't exist until I created them, then in their creation I developed a personal attachment to them. I think it's the same in anything you write. It's your job to come up with compelling characters who speak to an individual authenticity. If I'm not interested in the characters I can't go on. I have to be fascinated by them. It's the same job as Season 1 to me."
He then confirmed that there will be 4 lead roles,
"That ballooned a little bit. I would say there are four central roles."
Nic Pizzolatto refused to confirm if any of the new roles were women. Also commenting on the future of the show was HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, who claims that casting will be announced soon and that the first two scripts he's read for the new season far surpass previous episodes.
" The two scripts we have ... I hate to jinx it ... they are more exciting than the first season. [Creator Nic Pizzolatto is] an incredibly talented writer. And he's blown us away with the first two episodes."
About that upcoming casting announcement, he had this to say,
"The people we will cast will be well-known names, but [casting stars] wasn't our ambition. Great writing attracts great actors... Maybe people initially came for [Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson], but I think they stayed because the show was so compelling."
As for the multiple director aspect of the show, one person being eyed to board True Detective Season 2 is The Exorcist and The French Connection director William Friedkin. He had this to say about the prospects of joining the series.
"I am considering it. I like this writer [Nic Pizzolatto] very much. I've met him, and he's the real deal as far as I'm concerned. Now, all the new seasons are different so I'm not committed-this new season has nothing to do with the last one. Except for him and his sensibility, which I think is extraordinary... I can't say much more at this time. But I'm a fan of his writing, even though this will not be a continuation of what was done before. So what you can say is I'm a huge fan of his writing, I've met with him, I like him, I like the direction he's taking with this."
What do you think? Could True Detective Season 2 turn out to be better than the first?