Matthew McConaughey Up To Return To ‘True Detective’ For Season 3?

Fans of True Detective were begging for the memory of Matthew McConaughey, especially after the first few episodes of the rebooted Season 2. While Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn, and co tried their best, the second season of True Detective really failed to capture the magic that fans loved between former cast mates Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in Season 1.

Fans weren’t digging it and neither were the critics. The crash and burn of one of the most celebrated new series that HBO had to offer was such a huge deal that Vulture even questioned what went wrong with the second season. It wasn’t just a sophomore slump, it was catastrophic.

Critic Matt Zoller Seitz wrote:

“The sophomore outing of Nic Pizzolatto’s crime drama, which ended Sunday, was so disorganized, mannered, and altogether scatterbrained that it’s tough to say definitively what it was trying to be, much less analyze how it failed to reach whatever goals it might have set for itself. I defended it at first, but after a while I had to stop because it was making a fool of me.”

Some are blaming the decline in quality due to director Cary Fukunaga’s exit on the show. The director helmed most of the first season and then, due to a rift between him and Pizzolatto, he decided not to return to direct Season 2 of True Detective.

Due to various opinions about the disappointing season, HBO doesn’t sound too committed to a Season 3. That said, it seems like someone wants to hang around for Season 3, and that’s none other than Matthew McConaughey. The actor, who was nominated for an Emmy award for the first season of True Detective, had some brief thoughts about the upcoming season.

According to the Academy Award winning actor, he said he’s up to return to the series for Season 3. According to Paste, the actor told The Rich Eisen Show that he misses his character.

“I miss Rust Cohle, man. I miss watching him on Sunday nights. I miss watching True Detective on Sunday nights … I was a happy man when we made that for six months.”

As for Season 3, as stated, the actor said he’s up for a return if everything falls into place. “It would have to be the right context, the right way.”

With that in mind, True Detective might need a lot more than Matthew McConaughey to save it. While the show may be renewed through to 2018, a third season seems dead in the water. By now the powers that be at HBO should be giving the go-ahead to film the third season; in fact, they should probably be shooting, but instead everyone is quiet about the upcoming season, down to the pre-production phase.

Even with a delayed start, we usually hear the outline of a plot or cast members being screen tested for the new season. Going into Season 2 of True Detective and you couldn’t hear enough rumors about who was being cast and what the new premise was about, but this time around, it’s radio silent.

One huge shift to note is that HBO gave showrunner Pizzolatto a new series to take on, which diverts his attention from True Detective. Is it only a matter of time before HBO cuts the show from its roster? We don’t know, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise. After all, HBO did just cut Vinyl after stating that it was renewed for a second season, so really anything is possible.

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