Cronenberg Talks Rejecting “True Detective”

For its less well-regarded second season, HBO’s “True Detective” famously swapped out the first season’s formula of having a single director (Cary Fukunaga) for one that utilised several different filmmakers including the likes of Justin Lin and John Crowley.

Other high profile helmers were contacted about taking on episodes with the likes of William Friedkin and Andrew Dominik reportedly contacted about the gig. Now, legendary filmmaker in his own right David Cronenberg revealed that he too had been in touch with HBO about the job.

Speaking at the Reykjavik International Film Festival this week, the Canadian helmer confirmed to Indiewire that he was offered the season premiere, an episode that ultimately was directed by Lin:

“The heat is in TV. Last year I was approached to direct the first episode of the second season of ‘True Detective,’ I considered it but I thought that the script was bad, so I didn’t do it. In TV, the director is just a traffic cop, but on the other hand, it is work and there’s a lot of it.”

HBO still hasn’t confirmed any details about when a third season of the anthology series might go into production.