Matthew McConaughey was scheduled to team up with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto on a new series but the entire project has now been scrapped…
A planned series that would reunite Matthew McConaughey with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto is no longer happening at FX.
According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, “Redeemer,” which was based on the Patrick Coleman novel “The Churchgoer,” has been scrapped after McConaughey decided to drop out of the project. There were no details given for McConaughey deciding he didn’t want to do the series, which was given a sizable script-to-series financial commitment from the Disney owned network.
The original novel that “Redeemer” was based upon had a similar feel to “True Detective” with the main plot circling around a former preacher, who gets drawn into a murder mystery while still trying to reconcile with his own faith after leaving the church and his former family behind.
Of course, McConaughey and Pizzolatto previously worked together on the first season of “True Detective,” which brought both of them a ton of acclaim not to mention numerous award nominations. “True Detective’ season 1 remains one of the most talked about shows created for HBO in recent years, which was largely driven by Pizzolatto’s vision for the series (he wrote every episode) as well as performances from McConaughey and Woody Harrelson (who were both nominated for Emmy awards for their roles).
Pizzolatto went onto create two additional seasons of “True Detective” before leaving his overall deal at HBO to instead move over to FX.
Now it appears those plans are also coming to an end with Pizzolatto negotiating an early end to his agreement with FX that still had at least two years left on it.
As of now, there’s no word on where Pizzolatto plans to go next while HBO retains the rights to “True Detective,” which means the network could potentially renew the series for a fourth season under a different writer and showrunner.