David Cronenberg Reveals Why He Turned Down ‘True Detective’ Season 2

By October 1, 2015

David Cronenberg has made a name for himself over the past few decades as one of the most unique filmmakers to grace the silver screen. Through some of his earlier films like The Fly, Videodrome, Scanners, and more – he established himself as one of the filmmakers to watch out for around that time, and went on to make what I believe to be two of the best films of the 21st century so far with A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. However, his last few outings haven’t been as well received as some of his more notable efforts, and talk around what his next project will be has become next to nonexistent.

A large number of more notable actors and filmmakers have begun to cross over into the TV world though throughout the past few years, with some of the best and most creative material in the industry right now being made through channels like HBO, Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, AMC, and more, so is it possible we could see Cronenberg try his hand at television in the coming years?

Well, apparently he almost did. During a new interview with Indiewire, Cronenberg revealed that he had been approached to direct the first two episodes of HBO’s True Detective season 2, but turned the job down because he believed the script was “bad”. Read his full quote below:

“The heat is in TV. Last year I was approached to direct the first episode of the second season of True Detective, I considered it but I thought that the script was bad, so I didn’t do it. In TV, the director is just a traffic cop, but on the other hand it is work and there’s a lot of it.”

Cronenberg definitely isn’t alone in his opinion of the writing in True Detective‘s latest season, although he would have made an interesting choice to direct some of the episodes. It’s well-known that Fast Five and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin replaced the legendary director at the helm, with the young filmmaker doing a fairly good job during the first two installments of a rocky season in general.

However, Cronenberg’s tone and style would have been perfect for this world and Nic Pizzolatto’s writing, so it’s possible that the filmmaker could be approached again for one of the show’s future seasons, depending on if the storytelling quality meets his standards. The series has fallen into a bit of a slump for a lot of its die-hard fans, and nailing a legendary director like Cronenberg to direct in the future could help to restore some faith among viewers.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable