Remember True Detective-mania? For the first few months of 2014, the HBO limited series captured America’s imagination. Created by Nic Pizzolatto and directed throughout by Cary Fukunaga, the time-jumping Southern murder mystery starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson represented a confluence of several significant recent American pop culture trends, including but not limited to the McConaughey career renaissance, the arrival of television as an elite filmmaking medium on par with movies, the tendency towards short-term cultural obsessions, the rise of Reddit fan theory culture and the temptation for viewers to “solve” certain works of entertainment.
The True Detective moment, however, was short-lived. The limited-series concept meant that the cast and characters were retired after the first season, and season 2, featuring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams, was nearly universally panned by both critics and audiences. The latest word from HBO is that while Pizzolatto is on board with the network for a series, it’s an all-new one that’s not part of True Detective, which may very well be dead. But now, there’s some hope for season 1 fans - from Rust Cohle himself.
Matthew McConaughey, in an interview on The Rich Eisen Show to promote his new movie Free State of Jones, talked about his part in season 1 of True Detective. After several minutes of talk about his acting process, the actor revealed that he misses the character - and that he would be interested in returning to the character if circumstances were right:
“I miss Rust Cohle, man. I miss watching him on Sunday nights. I miss watching True Detective on Sunday nights. … I was a happy man when we made that for six months, because I was on my own island… I’ve talked to Nic about it - it would have to be the right context.”
Should we expect a new season of True Detective with McConaughey as Rust Cohle? Probably not. After all, the first season was clearly established as a standalone series with a definitive story arc. The actor was responding to a question, not leaking news, and of course every indication is that True Detective is either dead or on pause. In the event of a revival, it’s probably more likely McConaughey would play a different character in a different story, the way the same actors keep appearing in different seasons of American Horror Story.
Then again, HBO has been surprising us a lot lately, especially since the new programming chief took over, with news of a new Curb Your Enthusiasm season and cancellation of Vinyl. Should McConaughey express serious interest in a return, they just may listen. It’s also worth noting that when Curb cast member J.B. Smoove hinted at the return of the series a week before its official announcement, that also came on Rich Eisen’s talk show.
We’ll bring you any additional True Detective-related information as it becomes available.
Source: The Rich Eisen Show