For those who were worried that True Detective Season 2 would be the same exact story as Season 1, only with different actors (think about the difference, or lack there of, between 1997 Funny Games vs. 2007 Funny Games), worry no more. According to Vince Vaughn, the second season of HBO’s hit anthology series will be a “totally different story.” Phew.
That quote comes from an interview Vaughn did with Playboy, which he only reads for the penis reduction articles. Although he couldn’t say much about what to expect on True Detective (it’s still filming), we’ll take whatever we can get at this point.
Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey certainly set a high bar with the first season of True Detective. You must feel a certain amount of pressure.
Honestly, no, because Nic Pizzolatto is such a great writer, and so much of this is driven by his stories. I thought Woody and Matthew did an exceptional job with the first season. This one’s very different, though. It’s a totally different story, with its own characters. The thing that’s consistent is the richness of the characters and the quality of the material. That was Louisiana. This is a California-based story, and it was kind of birthed from here. A lot of it is set in Los Angeles. I really like my character. Nic is so great about investigating characters and their complexities in an authentic and engaging way. I want to watch this show not because I’m in it but as a fan of the material.
How did the project come to you?
I was developing a movie version of The Rockford Files and met with Nic about writing it. He was really enthusiastic but was already working on a crime drama set in Los Angeles, and he gracefully said it was best for him to focus on True Detective. Then he reached out to me about doing that series, and I was beyond flattered and thrilled to collaborate with him. I was happy to work with Colin Farrell too, whom I’d never worked with before.
It’s still too early to speculate on any of this, but if you read every other letter in the fourth paragraph of Vaughn’s seventh answer, you’ll learn the coordinates to a decoder key, which in turn will direct you to a storage locker in the shape of Yog-Sothoth. But, yeah. Still too early.