FX must have asked the right questions when the cable network took a meeting with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and season 1 star Matthew McConaughey. The showrunner and leading man are set to team up once more for a new drama on FX titled Redeemer, created by Pizzolatto and inspired by Patrick Colman’s novel The Churchgoer.
As part of the pact, Pizzolatto is moving his overall deal from HBO to FX, where he’ll create and produce new projects for the network. The development will likely end Pizzolatto’s roller coaster three-season tenure as showrunner and writer of True Detective, however the door is still open for HBO to continue the series under new creative leadership.
In a sense, Redeemer will return McConaughey and Pizzolatto, who will both executive produce the series, to familiar haunts. The series will follow McConaughey’s minster turned security guard whose search for a missing woman in Texas “leads him through a corruption and criminal conspiracy, as his past and present impact and entwine around a mystery of escalating violence and deceit” according to a report from THR. The deal is “script-to-series,” meaning if FX approves of the initial scripts, they’ll opt to bypass the pilot stage and give Redeemer a full series order.
McConaughey and Pizzolatto hope to rekindle a partnership that led to impressive returns with the critical and ratings success of True Detective season 1. Co-starring Woody Harrelson, the season earned 12 Emmy nominations, including a lead actor nomination for McConaughey and writing nomination for Pizzolatto. The momentum for the show cratered upon arrival of True Detective season 2 – starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch – which was a failure of almost comical proportions. Pizzolatto rebounded with the well-received True Detective Season 3, which earned lead actor Marashala Ali an Emmy nomination. McConaughey’s latest role is in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, which is currently in theaters.