HOLLYWOOD – Matthew McConaughey will come back to True Detective 3, but not as Rust Cohle.
True Detective 3 is getting a boost this week with the casting of Mahershala Ali and now Matthew McConaughey agreeing to return. However, fans should be cautious. McConaughey popped in to the Studio Exec Bungalow to discuss his non-Rust Cohle role.
Aright aright aright!
Hi Matthew. So True Detective 3 is on?
Yeah. To tell you the truth I was on for True Detective 2 as well but Nic Pizzolatto wanted to take it in a different direction. And I respected that. He got his ass handed to him though and now he comes back to me.
So the return of Rust Cohle is here.
No, not at all. I will not play Rust again. I like what Nic was doing with the anthology series and I thought it would play much better if I came back as another character.
I’m playing Tripp from Failure to Launch.
Yeah. I guessed the idea is that I want to expand the Failure to Launch universe and have it intersect with the True Detective universe too. I got the idea from Marvel movies. And they seem pretty successful.
How did Nic Pi…?
He hated the idea. That’s why he went off and did the second season without me. But now I kind have him over a barrel. And now we have Mahershala who’s going to play the Sarah Jessica Parker role. We haven’t told him yet. So shhhhh.
Isn’t it? The tone is going to be different. We’ll still do the crime stuff but with a lighter edge like Manimal but without the guy changing into an animal. Zooey Deschenal and Stephen Tobolowsky are going to come back and some of the others. I want to find a role for Colin Farrell, just so I can show him how it’s done.
True Detective 3 will drop on HBO in 2018.
HOLLYWOOD – Nic Pizzolatto revealed today that True Detective Season 3 will have a title change and some significant differences to the first two seasons.
“A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet” wrote Julian Fellowes or someone, but HBO seem to disagree and are hoping that the title change of True Detective 3 will create a much needed in critical and audience reaction. The second season indeed was so poorly received that its still quite high ratings were explained as being due to ‘hate watching’.
Nic Pizzolatto, close friend of the Studio Exec, popped in to the Studio Exec bungalow to explain his thinking:
I think I’ve got bogged down in certain genre aspects of what I was trying to do. The first show had this Lovecraft type thing going on. The second I was Los Angeles bound and I was very influenced by James Ellroy. But with the next season I’m going to take George Romero as my primary influencer.
That sounds like a real change.
Oh it is. And it will be reflected in the action of the story. I can’t tell you too much as we’re in the process of casting and still developing the scripts, but my thoughts are clear that what people want is something much more direct, less dense, packed with action as well perhaps.
But George Romero is more famed as a horror director.
And we will be going more in that direction and why not? We had element of that in the first season and I’d like to bring it back. I feel it was something that a lot of people missed from the second. Don’t get me wrong. I’m extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish in the second show. We managed to Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell and no one laughed. Not once. At least not intentionally.
Fear the True Detective will be broadcast June 2016.
HOLLYWOOD – The long-awaited TV adaptation of the popular podcast, Serial, is finally moving into pre-production after Amazon pipped Netflix for the rights to broadcast the show.
“We’re very excited about adding Serial to our 2016 line-up,” said Amazon spokesperson, Liz Shan.
The huge success of the podcast was a game-changer and we know there are a lot of fans who will be worried about a visual adaptation. I can assure those fans now that they won’t be disappointed. We have the most talented people in the industry working on the show and all of them are determined to retain the spirit of the original.
Hunger Games star, Josh Hutcherson has snagged the lead role of Adnan Syed and John Boyega, who we’ll soon see playing a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set to play the role of the infamous Jay Wilds. Joining the dynamic duo will be host of other big names including Selena Gomez, Lea Michele and Demi Moore who will take on the Serial host, Sarah Koening.
Despite Amazon’s insistence that fans will be happy with their adaptation, The Studio Exec has learnt that the case will be solved in the final episode and a different crime will be the subject of Season 2.
“We’ve learnt a lot from the success of True Detective,” said a studio insider.
Everyone was waiting some big, surprise reveal and it ended up being some random psycho in dirty overalls. It doesn’t matter how crappy your resolution is as long as you have a resolution. The audience can’t handle the alternative, it makes them think too much and wet the bed.
Serial is due for release on Amazon in 2016.