HBO is staying in business with Nic Pizzolatto.
The premium cable network has inked a new overall deal with the True Detective creator which will keep him based at HBO through to at least 2018. This marks the third such overall deal they have agreed with Pizzolatto, after signing similar such deals with the writer/producer in 2012 (to land True Detective in the first place) and then again in 2014, ahead of the season two renewal.
Under this new deal, Pizzolatto will develop new scripted drama projects for HBO. The agreement also covers a potential third season of True Detective, though the network has not officially pulled the trigger on a renewal. Previously, HBO President Michael Lombardo told reporters that it would be down to Nic Pizzolatto to decide if he wanted to proceed with a third run of the anthology series. That remains the case, with no firm decision expected for some time.
In a statement announcing this new overall deal, President of HBO Programming Michael Lombardo today said: “I am thrilled to continue our relationship with Nic, as he is one of the most exceptionally talented writers and producers working today. I look forward to seeing where his unique creative vision will take us next.”
True Detective’s second season, which starred Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly, told the story of a bizarre murder which brought together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom had to navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Nic Pizzolatto penned the scripts and served as showrunner on season two, which, despite a mixed critical reception, was still a ratings hit for HBO with more than 11 million viewers tuning in.