‘True Detective’ season 2 will be “less dark” and hit screens next summer

HBO reveal show starts shooting next month with casting announcements imminent

True Detective season 2 will be “less dark” says HBO’s programming director Michael Lombardo.

He also revealed the show is due to start shooting next month and air next summer with final casting announcements to be made soon.

Variety reports that Lombardo told the audience at the Guardian International Television Festival in Edinburgh that the new season of True Detective “won’t be quite as dark as the first”. But he cautioned that the show’s creator Nic Pizzolatto will “explore the darkness in people’s souls”.

“It’s still dark,” said Lombardo. “It’s not as dark, but it’s not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lombardo also told the audience: “We’re going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer.” He confirmed the show has “different characters” and “a different setting”.

“It’s set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that’s probably all I’m allowed to say,” said Lombardo. “We’ll probably be announcing casting soon.”

As previously reported, Vince Vaughn and Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss have been in talks for lead roles while rumours abound that Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch will also be cast.

Carey Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of the first season but “three or four” directors will get a shot at season 2 with Lombardo claiming the writing from Pizzolato is even better than the first season.

True Detective is nominated for five Emmy Awards including best drama series and best lead actor for both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The 66th annual Oscars equivalent for television takes place in Los Angeles on August 25.