Perhaps adding fuel to the fire that things are in motion for a slow release to build hype, The Hollywood Reporter has done an very in-depth cover feature about Nic Pizzolatto and True Detective. The features, which goes in his past and future prospects, shines some light on the production of the first season. According to others — but denied by Pizzolatto — things were sometimes tense between himself and director Cary Fukunaga. Pizzolatto had this to say about he whole thing:
“Cary and I worked together really smoothly…There was never any contention. Of course, you’re going to have discussions and difference of opinion, but what matters is that everyone is working without ego toward the best realization of what we have.”
This doesn’t totally gel with other details that are reported in the article, including bouts during post-production, but apparently things went smoothly enough for Fukunaga to at least stay on as an Executive Producer. Something else worth noting is that Pizzolatto notes that the switch to multiple directors is to help expedite the filming process, which may sound somewhat counter-intuitive, but it may have something to do with working with a wider swath of people for a shorter length of time.
When it comes to season two, Pizzolatto is characteristically mum on the details. He reportedly told The Hollywood Reporter that he loses interest in a work if he shows too much of it, so we’re just going to have to wait until he’s good and ready. Not that we didn’t already know that, of course.
As can be expected, Pizzolatto has not taken kindly to the criticisms leveled against him concerning the lack of strong female characters. This apparently bothered him so much that he began to take it into consideration when working on the second season, but quickly changed his mind:
“I don’t think you can create effectively toward expectation…I’m not in the service business.”
This has led him so far as to even cut characters to make sure that he wasn’t being to lead by criticism and expectation. Even though he doesn’t see those criticisms as altogether valid, it’s difficult to deny that the first season had a lack of strong females. Whether you agree with Pizzolatto or not, the lack is there. What can be effectively argued is whether or not it actually hurt the show, and there is considerable evidence that it did not.
Pizzolatto is a very private person, which is an aspect of himself that we are already used to. Unfortunately we’re going to have to wait a bit longer until we get those juicy season two details. Don’t be surprised, however, if there’s a sudden release of information come Emmy time. We encourage you to head over to The Hollywood Reporter and check out the full article, which is sure to be seen as a rather rare look into Pizzolatto’s life and process.