In the days and weeks after The Great Cancelling of 2016 another show may very well be for the chopping block, Nic Pizzolatto‘s anthology series True Detective (2012).
According to reports swirling around the internet, HBO’s recent losses since naming Casey Bloys as president of series, late nights and specials (namely a few David Fincher shows, the failure of Vinyl (2016), and the ever-encroaching threat of Netflix and Amazon Prime) has meant the company is less likely to spend time nurturing a show through a troubled season.
And True Detective did suffer through a troubled season. 2015’s Season 2 was met with near-universal disdain, with many people disappointed in the perceived fall of the quality of the show’s writing, the lack of chemistry between the cast and the departure of director Cary Fukunaga, whose vision moulded the look of the first season.
According to reports, HBO did offer Pizzolatto options if he wanted to continue with True Detective: work with a group of writers, have an outside showrunner come in, or continue to run the show as he had done so previously. Regardless of the option that he chose, it is known that Pizzolatto’s contract with HBO extends to 2018. While the future of True Detective is somewhat up in the air at the moment, sources are reporting that Pizzolatto is working on a new show with the network, possibly suggesting that he decided that none of the options appealed to him.
In the meantime, Pizzolatto is no doubt waiting for the release of The Magnificient Seven (2016), a film that he wrote with Richard Wenk based on the 1960 remake of Akira Kurosawa‘s The Seven Samurai (1954). The Magnificient Seven is expected to premier 23rd September 2016.