“True Detective” Officially Returning for Fourth Season at HBO

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in "True Detective"

The future of True Detective has been in limbo ever since the third season wrapped up in 2019, but it seems the next chapter is finally on the way. HBO is bringing a new creative team on board to develop the fourth season, under the working title True Detective: Night Country.

Barry Jenkins, the Oscar-winning director of Moonlight who recently worked on a critically acclaimed mini-series The Underground Railroad, is coming on board as executive producer. Issa López (Tigers Are Not Afraid, Secondary Effects) is writing the pilot and she’ll be in charge of directing it if HBO decided to move forward with the project.

Nic Pizzolatto, who created the series and served as the writer of most episodes, won’t be involved with the fourth season. He considered working on it after the third season wrapped up in 2019, but decided to focus on other projects, leaving it up to HBO to continue the series with a new creative team.

True Detective premiered on HBO in 2014, and returned for a total of three seasons, following a different group of detectives trying to solve mysterious crimes. The anthology series was met with critical acclaim, winning one Emmy and receiving four Golden Globe nominations.