TV’s hottest new drama last year was HBO’s “True Detective,” set in the Bayou of Louisiana starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two troubled detectives trying to solve ritualistic serial murders.
Now the eight-episode hour-long drama is set to begin production later this fall in California. Earlier this summer the series came under fire for plagiarism.
“Nothing in the television show True Detective was plagiarized,” said writer and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto. “The philosophical thoughts expressed by Rust Cohle do not represent any thought or idea unique to any one author; rather these are the philosophical tenets of a pessimistic, anti-natalist philosophy with an historic tradition including Arthur Schopenauer, Friedrich Nietzche, E.M. Cioran, and various other philosophers, all of whom express these ideas. As an autodidact pessimist, Cohle speaks toward that philosophy with erudition and in his own words. The ideas within this philosophy are certainly not exclusive to any writer.”
HBO issued its own statement in defense of Pizzolatto:
“True Detective is a work of exceptional originality and the story, plot, characters and dialogue are that of Nic Pizzolatto,” reads the statement. “Philosophical concepts are free for anyone to use, including writers of fiction, and there have been many such examples in the past. Exploring and engaging with ideas and themes that philosophers and novelists have wrestled with over time is one of the show’s many strengths — we stand by the show, its writing and Nic Pizzolatto entirely.”
In season two, Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes. The series is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. The premise sees three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.
Colin Farrell is cast as Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.
Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.
Additional casting will be announced as it is confirmed.