When the True Detective series premiered on HBO in 2014, it featured friends Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as two detectives with opposite personalities investigating a complicated crime probably committed by a serial killer in the middle of rural Louisiana, in the south of the United States. With a non-linear, intricate narrative, an incredible soundtrack, and breathtaking performances, the series created and written by Nic Pizzolatto was an absolute success with critics and audiences. It became a franchise.
The second season, in, 2015, however, was a disaster. It was so bad it got good. Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly, and Vince Vaughn, it moves on to Los Angeles and a series of crimes believed to be linked to the murder of a corrupt politician. The soundtrack once again stood out, but behind the scenes brought conflicts caused by the interference of the showrunner, Nic Pizzolatto, who at first had been thinking about a movie, not a series.
True Detective‘s few-year hiatus came to an end in 2019 when the third season saw Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali lead the cast alongside Stephen Dorff, who were the two Arkansas State Police detectives investigating the disappearance. and child deaths. The reception was lukewarm, it did not reach the problems of the second season, but still far from the premiere.
As a result, it was even questioned whether it would be permanently shelved, but in 2023 we will have another attempt. The fourth season has a subtitle, it is True Detective: Night Country, with the prestigious director and actress, Jodie Foster, alongside Kali Reis investigating some crimes in Ennis, Alaska super north of the northernmost point on the planet. This time, the original showrunner has no involvement with the production, now signed by Issa López. Jodie and Kali are detectives Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro, who investigate the disappearance of six men from the Tsalal Arctic research station, where in addition to deciphering what happened, they will “confront their pasts and the dark truths that lie under the ice. of the Arctic”. Looks promising!
All filmed in Iceland and with a hefty budget of US$ 60 million, it has strong names in the cast, such as John Hawkes, Christopher Eccleston, and Fiona Shaw. The exact date has yet to be confirmed, but it will be soon. Then more posts about the franchise.