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HBO Working On Fourth Season Of True Detective

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HBO Working On Fourth Season Of True Detective

A fourth series of True Detective could be on the way, with HBO is in talks with two writers to pen a new instalment.

Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer at HBO and HBO Max, said he's hopeful of finding a new way in to the story - but explained they will only go ahead if a 'high quality' script comes along.

Bloys told Deadline: "It's safe to say we're working with a couple of writers to find the right tone and take. It's definitely an area that could be very interesting and I think it would be interesting with a new voice.

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"Quality is what's going to guide us so if we end up with scripts that we don't feel are representative or are not at a high enough quality, we're not going to do something just to do it."

Mahershala Ali in True Detective season three. Credit: Warner Bros
Mahershala Ali in True Detective season three. Credit: Warner Bros

Deadline reports there has been some speculation that Lucia Puenzo - who co-created Argentinean drama Cromo - and Euphoria creator Sam Levinson were among those that have been developing a new take on the series.

However, it said Bloys declined to comment on who the channel was working with on the project.

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The show was created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, debuting in 2014 and running for three series until 2019.

Set up as an anthology crime drama, each season is structured as a self-contained narrative that follows a new cast of characters.

The first series starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Detective Rustin 'Rust' Cohle and Detective Martin 'Marty' Hart.

This was followed by a second instalment featuring Colin Farrell as Detective Raymond 'Ray' Velcoro and Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon, and a third with Mahershala Ali playing Wayne Hays.

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Pizzolatto had been working as an assistant professor of literature at DePauw University in Indiana, but wanted to get into TV.

Nic Pizzolatto. Credit: PA
Nic Pizzolatto. Credit: PA

His 2010 novel Galveston attracted attention from agents, who asked if he'd considered writing screenplays.

Speaking to the Guardian in 2014, Pizzolatto recalled: "I hadn't. I think they thought I was wasting their time. But I knew this was my one chance. I went away and wrote."

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He continued: "I wrote about everything I could think of - and one of those scripts was True Detetective."

HBO later expressed an interest, but Pizzolatto knew he didn't want anyone else to develop his story and asked for complete creative control.

Despite being a 'complete unknown', Pizzolatto held his nerve - and went on to be the show's writer, executive producer and showrunner.

"I'm still a little amazed they agreed," he said.

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"At that point, I'd only written two episodes and had a rough outline of where the show would go. HBO could have easily sidelined me."

Now, however, it looks like True Detective will be moving forward without Pizzolatto's involvement, as HBO looks to enlist fresh writing talent on the series.

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