According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tigers Are Not Afraid filmmaker Issa López has been tapped to write and direct the first episode of Season 4, dubbed True Detective: Night Country.
While plot details haven’t been revealed, the fourth season will reportedly take place in the Arctic, during a period when nighttime can last the entire day. No casting decisions have been made yet, but its expected the new season will feature two female leads.
True Detective: Night Country would be the first season of the anthology since 2019, and the first without the input of the show’s creator Nic Pizzolatto; while Pizzolatto and HBO ended their partnership in 2020, HBO retained the rights to the anthology series, allowing them to revive the series with new showrunners; Jenkins — the Moonlight and The Underground Railroad filmmaker who signed an overall deal with HBO in 2021 — would serve as executive producer on the fourth season.
Earlier this year, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys revealed they were “developing various ideas” for a fourth season of True Detective, which premiered in 2014 with an Emmy-winning, instant classic first season starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. A less acclaimed second season — starring Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams — arrived in 2015. Following a four-year hiatus, True Detective returned in 2019 with a decades-spanning mystery led by Mahershala Ali that “redeemed” the franchise.