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David Cronenberg explains why he passed on True Detective Season 2

10.01.2015

You can approach David Cronenberg all you want to potentially direct your project, but, if the script isn't good, you're not going to get him to bite.

That's ultimately what caused the filmmaker to walk away from conversations to direct the first episode of TRUE DETECTIVE's Season 2 for HBO. He thought about it for a little bit, because TV is a strong storytelling medium right now and... well, he has bills to pay, but when push came to shove, he could not pull the trigger.

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 didnít do it. In TV, the director is just a traffic cop, but on the other hand it is work and thereís a lot of it.

I can't really blame him. That first episode of TRUE DETECTIVE was incredibly slow and very jumbled and didn't seem to really go anywhere, except to introduce us to way too many characters in a short span of time. Things did get much better in later episodes, but, by then, it would have been too late. Cronenberg's interest was lost. Speaking of lost...

Source: Indiewire

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2:02PM on 10/02/2015
All for the best that he opted out of directing in season 2. Overall, the season made for a horrible TV show. It was a character study that left no characters changed by the end of the story. And it was a crime story that was left unconcluded with the surviving players just walking away.
All for the best that he opted out of directing in season 2. Overall, the season made for a horrible TV show. It was a character study that left no characters changed by the end of the story. And it was a crime story that was left unconcluded with the surviving players just walking away.
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1:35PM on 10/02/2015
LOL bet it hurts when real talent tells you that your show sucks. Not just the fans, that hated it!
LOL bet it hurts when real talent tells you that your show sucks. Not just the fans, that hated it!
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10:08AM on 10/02/2015
Can't you do some research or whatever and come up with something else to write before the quote? What's the point of the quote if you're gonna spell out what is said before it? This is just plain fucking lazy.
Can't you do some research or whatever and come up with something else to write before the quote? What's the point of the quote if you're gonna spell out what is said before it? This is just plain fucking lazy.
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8:07PM on 10/01/2015
I still think too many people compared season two to season one; even though it was a entirely brand new story with entirely new characters. I think if you went in without comparing, one would have enjoyed it more.

I thought the cast did a terrific job with the material they were given (especially Farrell, and McAdams).
I still think too many people compared season two to season one; even though it was a entirely brand new story with entirely new characters. I think if you went in without comparing, one would have enjoyed it more.

I thought the cast did a terrific job with the material they were given (especially Farrell, and McAdams).
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9:46PM on 10/01/2015
You made a good point, Soloist, but I can't help comparing it to the first season. The all star casts made Season 2 worth watching and it's Vince Vaughn's best role in a long long time. I did enjoy Season 2 but I can't help but comparing it to the Season 1. Maybe because I initially had an expectation before watching it. Guess I need to watch Season 2 again.
You made a good point, Soloist, but I can't help comparing it to the first season. The all star casts made Season 2 worth watching and it's Vince Vaughn's best role in a long long time. I did enjoy Season 2 but I can't help but comparing it to the Season 1. Maybe because I initially had an expectation before watching it. Guess I need to watch Season 2 again.
7:41PM on 10/01/2015
Good thing he decided not to. True Detective's first season was much much better than the second season.
Good thing he decided not to. True Detective's first season was much much better than the second season.
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5:48PM on 10/01/2015
At least someone's speaking some sense. I wish an exec at HBO would've looked at Pizzolatto's scripts and said, "hey guys, uh yeah, so this is kinda shitty. Maybe we shouldn't do this...."
At least someone's speaking some sense. I wish an exec at HBO would've looked at Pizzolatto's scripts and said, "hey guys, uh yeah, so this is kinda shitty. Maybe we shouldn't do this...."
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4:36PM on 10/01/2015
Looks like someone dodged a bullet.
Looks like someone dodged a bullet.
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