Back in March, Matthew McConaughey made it very clear that he would not be returning for another season of True Detective. He signed up for eight episodes, and that was it. Done. But now that he’s had some time to think it over, the actor has come out to say that he’d actually be “open” to do more True Detective.
At first McConaughey was only set on making one season of the show. The actor told Deadline (via /Film) that “If HBO had wanted an option on [him] for a Season 2 or 3, [he] wouldn’t have done it. [He] wouldn’t have walked into something where they could say, “We’ve got you for the next three years.”
The actor was a fan of Cary Fukunaga‘s Sin Nombre, and because Nic Pizzolatto and Fukunaga were going to be around for the entire eight episodes of True Detective, McConaughey jumped onboard.
I would have been more scared if I was going to do something on TV with different directors and writers coming in. One director, one showrunner for a finite series made it feel like I was making a 450-page movie. As for TV, you don’t feel you are walking the plank anymore. The quality of drama on the small screen often surpasses the quality on the big screen now. I wasn’t approaching this thinking, “What is my image going to be and how might it change?” It was, “Let me find quality, and then go and do quality.”
And so now, the actor says that he’s open to doing another season of True Detective.
At the time, I was looking at six months and not beyond that. I don’t know of a feature film I’d sign for where I’m going to say, “If this works, you’ve got me whenever you want me for the next three years.”
Thus far, we know that the second season of True Detective will have three new leads, and will take place in California, though not Los Angeles. The characters will all be new, and casting will begin in the coming months.
Now that McConaughey has made it clear that he is in fact open to the idea of returning to the series True Detective, the question remains on whether he’ll play the same character–Detective Rustin Spencer– or will the creators make up a whole new role for him. It’s unlikely that McConaughey will return for this upcoming season, but now there’s hope that we might see him sometime in the future.
Would you like to see McConaughey return to True Detective?