Director David Cronenberg says he turned down ‘True Detective’ because the script was ‘bad’

'Videodrome' director could have helmed the show's season two premiere

David Cronenberg has revealed that he turned down an offer to direct an episode of True Detective because he didn’t rate its script.

Cronenberg, director of cult films including Videodrome, Crash and Cosmopolis, was asked to direct the first episode of season two, which was eventually directed by Fast & Furious franchise veteran Justin Lin.

“Last year I was approached to direct the first episode of the second season of True Detective,” Cronenberg told Indiewire. “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.”

Season two of True Detective introduced a new cast led by Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams and aired on HBO and Sky Atlantic over the summer. The show’s creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote or co-wrote all eight episodes, but many TV critics and viewers felt the overall quality failed to match that of season one.

HBO is expected to renew Pizzolato’s show for a third season, but there has been no official announcement yet.

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