A fourth season of True Detective is officially happening under a new creative team and with a slightly new title. HBO have tapped Barry Jenkins and Issa López to spearhead the fourth season of the show, which will be titled True Detective: Night Country.
López will write and direct the season’s pilot, and also executive produce alongside Jenkins and his creative partners Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak. Anonymous Content, which produced the first three seasons, will also return, and its presumed that series creator Nic Pizzolatto will as well in some form.
The first season of True Detective debuted in 2014 and was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and followed two Louisiana State Police detectives played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as they revisited a haunting unsolved murder. It was a huge hit and received critical acclaim.
The following seasons haven’t been able to reach those heights. A second season starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Vince Vaughn premiered a year later to a lukewarm reception, before a third season led by two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali premiered to slightly better reviews in 2019.
HBO had reportedly been fielding ideas from several creators about a fourth season of the series. Those who pitched ideas included Euphoria creator Sam Levinson and Lucia Puenzo, who created the Argentinian drama Cromo. Pizzolatto previously mentioned in an interview that he had a “wild idea” for a fourth season, but it didn’t materialise.
But Jenkins and Lopez should be an excellent duo to potentially take the show in a new direction. Jenkins is best known for his Oscar-winning drama Moonlight, while he was also at the helm of Amazon series The Underground Railroad, and is currently working on a sequel to Disney’s live-action The Lion King.
López is best known for recent Mexican horror film Tigers Are Not Afraid. He’s also working alongside Noah Hawley on Searchlight’s The Book Of Souls, and with Blumhouse on Our Lady Of Tears.
There’s no word yet on what the story of Night Country will revolve around, but True Detective is still a prestigious enough brand that a fourth season should have plenty of big name actors interested in the lead roles. There will no doubt be plenty of news to come.