Issa López and Barry Jenkins Working on “True Detective” Season 4

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

The fourth season of True Detective was a long time coming and it seems that HBO is finally trying to make it happen. Issa López and Barry Jenkins will be at the helm of the next chapter of the critically acclaimed anthology series, being developed under the title “True Detective: Night Country.

Jenkins, best known for his work on the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, was most recently involved with a historic mini-series The Underground Railroad. He’s coming on board as an executive producer, while Lopez will serve as writer and director of the pilot episode.

One person who is noticeable missing from the picture is Nic Pizzolatto, the original creator and writer of the first three seasons. He considered developing new episodes back in 2019 before deciding to focus on new projects, and HBO eventually determined it’s time to bring a new creative team on board.

The first season of True Detective premiered on HBO in 2014 and the show returned for two more, which centered on a new storyline. The first season starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams fronted the second, while Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff took the lead in the third.